Post: Part 3 of 4.
Weekend: 4th of July.
Day: July 5, 2008.
Woke up for an afternoon breakfast make from yesterday’s leftovers. Pulled pork on a toasted bun with melted Canadian cheddar. Now that’s a proper start to the day.
An invigorating walk with Don to the Greenmarket led to a bounty of berries…
…red raspberries, black raspberries…
…and blueberries – so beautiful.
We also picked up a few other ingredients – shelling peas, garlic scapes…anything that caught our fancy. While at the on the south east corner of the market, busy fetching a glass of basil & mint tea, we ran in Ian and Anne, and promptly decided to have a late afternoon snack-leading-into-dinner meal.
The night began in the backyard, on the hammock, on the picnic benches with Greenmarket grapes…
…then out came the berries, with Fage and local honey…
…moving on savoury, we broke out the baguettes. A quick toast and generous slathers of raw milk butter with a touch of Maldon makes for quite a taste.
The three baguettes piled at the side of the table slowly disappeared bite after bite, as we paired them with the trio of cheeses brought over by Ian.
We paced the eating (no point in filling up on hour one over the course of a five hour meal, yes? :) with a brief break shelling market peas…
…group effort is the way to go!
Halfway though, I realized this was the first time I’ve ever shelled peas. It’s a rather relaxing process if you are not in a rush to go anywhere or do anything…and really, should you be in any sort of rush on a lazy Sunday afternoon?
Sugar snap peas caught in the tangle.
All pau! A bit later, we dashed off to the theater up the street for an evening screening of Wall-E. Like any good moviegoer, we made sure to first stop at the corner bodega and Saints Alps for drinks (green tea boba!) and snacks (strawberry ice cream and berry gummies!).
It was nearly 11pm when the movie ended, but dinner was just about to begin. First things first: blanch the peas…
…the colours are gorgeous, both pre and post-blanch – I could just stare at a bucket of peas all day long :)
We made hot buttered peas with the raw milk butter mentioned earlier…such simple luxury.
To round out the evening meal, browned sausages and pasta with tomatoes and basil from the garden…
…and a garlic scape spread made with cannelli beans, lemon juice, cracked black pepper, just enough salt and a handful of cilantro.
As with every home cooked meal, I’m constantly left wondering why we don’t eat in more often. Yes, dining out is quite nice, but a dinner at home is at least a dozen times more satisfying.