Last Sunday, the husband and I hosted a brunch for eight at our place for Mother's Day. My sister, Audrey, helped with the menu as well, and we had loads of fun planning the event. I brought out the frilly dishes, floral napkins, and tarnished cheese knives that I like to call rustic. I plopped bouquets of flowers every which where and made little handwritten menus on the back of scrapbook paper lined with blue and yellow polka dots.
a small cheese plate with sea salt crackers, charcuterie, and strawberries
asparagus soup with fresh herbs and cream
salmon, dill, and parmesan tart with pickled cucumber and arugula salad
roasted fingerling potatoes with preserved lemon
brown sugar pound cake with yogurt, pistachio rose granola, and mint
french press coffee, tea
I love to eat as the seasons would like me to, and I think this menu would make Spring proud. The asparagus soup was an exciting last-minute addition after Audrey and I visited The Pantry in Ballard for a "Spring Farmer's Market" cooking class just a few days prior. When we were tasked with putting the final touches on the soup and it then proceeded to taste as silky and creamy and earthy as one would hope an asparagus soup to be, we were convinced that it must be shared with our family.
I also had my first go at pickling! And now, obviously, I'm obsessed with all pickled things. It was a quick pickle, however, and really no trouble at all. I just sliced the cucumbers thin and let them soak in a mixture of white wine vinegar, sugar, and sea salt that dissolved together in a saucepan over warm heat. I made this salad containing pickled vegetables (see: obsession) just the day before for a barbecue, and I think it's a nice simple recipe to get started. Although, I'd love to hear the way you pickle!
Oh, and the pistachio rose granola? With actual dried rose petals? It was from my beloved London Plane and absolutely brilliant. I make different batches of granola on pretty much a weekly basis around here, but when I spotted this one, I was instantly inspired and snatched it up! I'm on a mission to make my own version next.
For me and many others I'm sure, there is no greater way to show love than by cooking a meal for someone.