Friday, August 20, 2010
Ladies Who Lunch
Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting four very important women in my life for lunch: my Mother, Aunt, Grandmother and Great Aunt. For this slim-and-trim, health-conscious crowd I chose to make a salad with grilled chicken but I couldn't resist serving fresh bread and some delicious cheese for a treat. We washed it all down with a nice Rose wine generously provided by Mommy Dearest. Dessert was a mixture of lemon and mango sorbet topped with fresh local raspberries and wild blueberries. (Like many of my desserts I've eaten lately this one escaped a photo...I was too busy eating it up! Gotta work on that...)
It was very enjoyable shopping for this lunch and trying to buy as many local ingredients as possible. I got all of the salad goods and the berries from 100% local vendors at The Parkdale Market, the bread from The French Baker (via Herb and Spice) and the centrepiece flowers from another vendor at The Parkdale Market who assured me these flowers were locally grown.
The cheese was not local although it was quite delicious; we noshed on an old Irish favourite, Dubliner, and a tried-and-true crowd pleaser, St. Andre. The chicken was President's Choice "Free From" Chicken, grilled up perfectly on the George Foreman my Great Aunt was kind enough to send my way. Apparently this chicken is free from antibiotics but not necessarily hormones. If only our laws would change and we could raise our chickens ourselves! If you'd like to read more about backyard chickens, click here.
I also made my new favourite salad dressing: Fresh's Green Dressing. I must admit I did add a bit more honey and some plain yogurt to cut the wasabi for some of the sensitive palates in the group, however it still turned out delicious and I definitely didn't see anything wrong with the original recipe!
The sorbets were from Ciao Bella (via Herb and Spice); I liked their coconut sorbet so much I had to try some other flavours!
This was a lovely summer lunch that was a long time coming and I enjoyed giving back to the women in my family. Who are you cooking for this week?