Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Heavenly Outdoor Meals
The weather has been continuously gorgeous here, which means that our dinner table has been abandoned for our wooden picnic table out in the garden. During the week I usually take whatever I cooked outside, but come the weekend, most of our cooking is actually done outdoors. We pour ourselves a glass of wine, throw open the door and kitchen windows facing the garden, play some nice tunes and get busy with the preparations of a lovely dinner. While Hans gets the barbecue going, I'll do things like marinade the meat, chop some veggies and debate what I will serve for dessert. Our meals are usually very simple but they always manage to turn out delicious.
The photos you see here are a perfect example of one of our typical weekend meals: spatchcocked chicken marinated in lime juice, olive oil, garlic and salt & pepper, grilled asparagus dressed with nothing more than a pinch of fleur de sel and some extra virgin olive oil, baguette with butter and a bottle of wine. And for dessert- strawberries marinated in balsamic vinegar.
This is what I call a heavenly meal- and the wonderful thing is that the summer hasn't even started!