Monday, April 4, 2011

Perfect Spring Lunch

So the girls came up Saturday to reassure themselves that I was in fact fine, post-op.  We had a wonderful visit and a lovely light lunch consisting of steamed artichokes with hollandaise. home baked bread with fresh rosemary and spectacular macaroons made my DelSo neighbor, Lori.  As you can see, Lori's artistry exceeds mere graphic design.
Steam artichokes in a couple of inches of water with some fresh lemon squeezed in.  This Hollandaise was made from 4 egg yolks, about 2/3 a stick of butter, a generous squeeze of lemon and a touch of water, salt and pepper.

I used the basic No-Knead Bread recipe and then added between and 1/8 and a 1/4 cup of rosemary from my nearly dead rosemary plant.  During the second rise, when the bread is wrapped in a cotton cloth for 2 hours, I used coarse corn meal, a bit of sea salt and an additional 1/8 cup of rosemary.  Delicious!

I have no clue what kind of magic Lori used to make these beauties, but I can assure you I never expected  to find anything more welcome in my milk box than my Meadowbrook Farms delivery.  I was wrong.

Two dear friends + one fabulous neighbor = an ideal afternoon.  How could a girl feel anything but fabulous with so many blessings in her life?  Life is sweet, people, enjoy it.


  1. Those are insanely gorgeous macaroons. Seriously? She made those?? Magic, indeed. Glad you're on the mend! I mean, you were partying the very next day, so I guess there was never any doubt. Oh, and you're a triathalon.

  2. Mmmmm, I can almost smell the rosemary from that bread.

  3. Jews like macaroons and artichokes! Send em over sister!

  4. Sorry about your rosemary plant. Mine did fairly well this winter after I realized that it needs a lot more water than I think.

  5. Mmmmmmmm artichokes. Wait, this is spring??