When the temperature starts to warm up, the days become sunny and warm, the desire to eat al fresco lights up and the shade of the lime tree invites to linger. Simple and cool is always a winner on hot days and a salmon sandwich is just the thing. Perfect for lunch and made from leftover salmon makes it quick to serve.
Place cold flaked salmon to a bowl. Add chopped spring onion, chives and fennel to the salmon. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with freshly squeezed lime juice.
Cut fig bread into slices and toast lightly. Butter the slices with mayonnaise. Add a spoonful of salmon on top of each slice and serve with a green salad.
The first days of June were still a bit of iffy, but now it is beautiful and I think summer is here! The garden struggled this year with the late frost we’ve had and is only coming into it own.
A mushroom velouté is just what we need for the month of november. I used the ordinary champignon de Paris, the button mushroom, but the bolet from Bordeaux also makes an excellent velouté for a special evening since it is rather on the expensive side. If you are looking for a quick and inexpensive, but still delicious meal, this soup is it. It tastes of earth and forest and spectacular colours.
1 large onion
1 clove of garlic
500 g champignon de Paris(button mushrooms)
500 ml chicken stock (or vegetable stock for a vegetarian option)
3Tsbp créme fraîche or thick cream
Peel and slice the onion. Peel and cut the garlic. Sauté the onion and garlic in a pot in some olive oil until translucent. Take care not to burn the garlic.
Clean and slice the mushrooms and add to the onions.
Add the chicken stock and thyme leaves and simmer for 30 minutes until the mushrooms are tender.
Remove from the heat and mix with an electric blender until smooth.
Add the cream and stir through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and grated nutmeg.
Place back on heat and simmer on low heat for another 5- 10 minutes.
Serve hot with toasted wholewheat country bread.
Fry some coppa italian ham and serve on top of the soup.
Keep some mushrooms aside and fry to serve on top of the soup.
Replace the button mushrooms with cépes mushrooms (porcini mushrooms). Keep some aside and fry to serve on top with chopped fresh italian parsley.
Serves 4 people
Two mushrooms, oil on board, 15x15cm
November is still a beautiful month where all the leaves hang on for the last show of autumn. Greens and ochres and siennas come together in a magnificent explosion against bright and dark skies. Winds blow, the mist hang low in the valleys and heavy skies are preparing for winter rains. It is the month to store away garden furniture, bring fragile plants indoors and light evening fires. November is not really autumn any more, but it is not yet winter. It is whatever you want it to be.