It seems like I spend a lot of time cooking here at the beach. We very seldom go out to eat, there’s a market just down the road and, when it comes down to it, I like to cook. It’s a creative act. I do get in ruts and repeat recipes a lot but I love to find new recipes that are keepers. I find a lot more new things to try thanks to the internet, along with new to me drinks.
This is a French aperitif wine made in the Bordeaux region. It’s sweet with a tinge of bitterness and can be used as a mixer for cocktails but we had it on ice before dinner. I like it but I like Pineau better, probably because it’s a bit sweeter and has cognac in it. Anyway, Lillet is a fun drink to have with hors d’ouvres before dinner or, in my case, it is often just my dinner.
The covered section of our market has a boucherie which sells kebabs all made up and ready to cook. I bought these because they had the intriguing addition to the beef, which was filet mignon, of chorizo sausage and sliced dates. It was really good and I think I can make it myself if I can find some good fillet mignon. The vegetable along side is a recipe I found on the Jamie Oliver site. It’s broccoli chopped into small pieces, boiled or microwaved until texture you like-I like it soft-and then fried bacon and shallots are added along with a vinaigrette of vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and mustard. I didn’t have the white wine vinegar called for so used lemon juice and it tasted too tart so I added just a bit of sugar. It was a really good dish and different way to eat broccoli than the usual butter or cheese. Maurice wasn’t as excited about it as I was but he ate it all.
The ingredients to a very good and fresh tasting tomato soup which I have posted about before.
I had to put the hollyhocks in the foreground of this photo of the fishing houses on the shore around here. They lower big nets into the water when the tide is high for fish.
A view of a storm on the way. We have had cooler temps along with wind and rain but mostly sun here on the coast.