Sunday, 2 August 2009

A perfect Sunday lunch / Un déjeuner parfait du dimanche

One of many, of course ….



A glass of rosé from Domaine des Pascales in Gabian, cucumber from the garden, carrots from our neighbour's garden and olives (from a shop). / Un verre du vin rosé du Domaine des Pascales, Gabian, du concombre de notre jardin, des carrottes du jardin de notre voisin et des olives (achetées dans un magasin).

First course / entrée


Sweetcorn from our neighbour’s garden grilled on charcoal – the photo of the cooked ones didn’t come out very well, so here they are as they came off the plant). / Du maïs du jardin de notre voisin.

Main course / plat principal


Barbecued lamb chops and courgettes, cucumber and yogurt salad with red wine from Domaine Estève at Roquessels. / Côtes d'agneau et courgettes grillées, salade de concombre et du yaourt et du vin rouge du Domaine Estève, Roquessels.

Salad / salade


Borlotti beans, sweet onion and tomato salad. / Salade d’haricots Borlotti, oignon doux et tomates.

Cheese / fromage


Goats’ cheese from Mas Rolland, near Gabian. / Fromage de chèvre de Mas Rolland, près de Gabian.

And a little desert / et un petit dessert


A friend gave me the fruit from her small citrus tree – not a kumquat, but a bit like it – which I crystallised and dried in the oven. / Une amie m’a donné les fruit de son petit orangier – pas le kumquat, mais qui le rassemble un peu – que j’ai fait confire.

A very good lunch after we’d spent the morning bottling tomato sauce and making tomato purée for the winter. It’s nice to see the shelves filling up with jars again!


Stefaneener said...

That's such a nice bracketing of the season -- both eating from the garden currently (and how jealous am I of your menu?) and also saving some for the winter. I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to have to make a deal with a local farmer about tomatoes if I want any to can. This year, at least.

Michelle said...

Lunch looks absolutely delicious and delightful. I'm envious of your tomato harvest - still waiting for the first ripe one from my garden. Thank goodness there's some good local ones at the farmer's market.

Jan said...

The whole meal looks great, and very French... because I have to confess that we usually cook in a fairly Enlish fashion with the odd bit of Spain thrown in, but not very often even after being here for a year!

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Jane said...

Oh, yum!
I've just had breakfast but I'm salivating anyway at those delicious-looking plates!
Like Michelle, we're waiting for tomatoes, but the basil to accompany them is ready.
Happy eating!

easygardener said...

Very nice. Makes me feel quite peckish.
Glad you are having good weather. Apparently our supposed "barbecue" summer was all a big mistake on the part of the weather forecasters. There's a surprise!

Woodland Fay said...

Count me in! But, many have to pass on more borlotti beans, see comment
All eaten under sparkling blue skies I bet, overcast and drizzly in London.

Christina said...

Beautiful meal.

Might the kumquat-like fruit be calamonsi? Calamonsi is a naturally occurring cross between kumquat and mandarin, is highly aromatic with sweeter skin and tangy-sour flesh. It is essential in Filipino cooking.