Monday, August 6, 2012

Pablo's weekly menu...


Is getting organized and finding balance the same thing? It's a sort of existential chicken & egg conundrum. You need to get organized to find balance, you need some balance to get organized. I guess they both contribute to zen-ness. But then a friend once told me some recommend dropping lists all together and following organically what you want to do. Anything urgent will present itself when it's time to do something about it. I find that outlook very attractive, but can't say I've been able to make it work. Or to make it work to satisfaction. In fact when I do do that, I find myself torn between the feeling that I don't have a plan pinned down and things are piling up and I'm a bit in over my head, and the fact that it just feels good to do what I decide to do (a great luxury, mind you) and the rest will somehow fall into place. It gives me the mental space to focus on the task at hand, actually. This past week was one of those dual weeks, where the impetus to follow my instincts (cook, try, have friends over several nights in a row) yielded joy and satisfaction, with a slight pinch of guilt for going off my plan a bit.

Here goes some images from our plates and our kitchen, followed by this week's menu.

We found parsley root this week. Delicious, post on it soon.
We made pork belly two ways, Japanese style from Just One Cook Book blog, and roasted with apples
A peach & mint clafoutis which I still need to tweak before posting...
The Watermelon Gazpacho from Cannelle & Vanille, and the Chilled Pea Soup from Taste Food were both amazing

Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert. Rotation this week: Morbier (a good cheese to introduce blue, as there's that fine line of blue in the middle, not too overwhelming), Italian Truffle Cheese (so decadent!), Comté (a kind of Swiss common in France), Goat brie.

Desserts: At lunch, I offer a fruit yogurt (or plain yogurt with fresh fruit), but at night, I prefer sticking to plain yogurt (regular homemade* whole milk, sheep’s milk, goat's milk and Greek yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime.

If you would like a particular recipe on the menu, feel free to contact me! (I marked with a * the recipes that will be the topic of upcoming posts).


MONDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Zucchini & mint terrine*
Main course: Lamb with eggplant & parsley root puree

Goûter (4pm snack) - Watermelon & lychees

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Artichokes with vinaigrette
Main course: Tofu & baby bok choy puree




TUESDAY  (My mother's birthday!)

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Tomatoes, cucumber & hearts of palm salad
Main course: Salmon with mustard greens puree

Goûter - Plum pear compote with banana

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Chilled pea soup from TasteFood, my mother loved it so much she wants more for her birthday dinner! (Rest of dinner is still TBD.)
Main course: Chicken & sweet potato puree


WEDNESDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Lunch date with a friend and farmer's market, we'll see what we find!
Main course:



Goûter - Plums & figs

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Leek whites with vinaigrette*
Main course: Soft boiled egg with sauteed parsley root* & crispy kale

THURSDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Blue potato, green beans and parsley salad
Main course: Beef patty with ratatouille*

Goûter - Peach

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Yellow & red tomatoes with feta
Main course: Clams in fennel & shallot broth from Cannelle & Vanille


FRIDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cauliflower, chives & green beans salad
Main course: Pan-fried veal liver with Red Chards puree

Goûter - Blackberries*
(*The reason you rarely see berries in Pablo's menus is because I offer berries (all the ones I can find) to him at breakfast. So I usually keep the afternoon snack for stone fruits or other fruits. But we'll be on the go, and blackberries will be convenient)

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Quinoa, tomato, cucumber salad
Main course: Trying the braised chicken with lemon & capers from The Urban Spork



SATURDAY

Lunch


Appetizer / Finger Foods:  Endive & tomato salad, vegetable noodles
Main course: Shrimp scampi with three roots puree

Goûter - Cherries

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: White asparagus in tarragon yogurt sauce
Main course: Cauliflower & Brussels sprouts gratin from Tasty Kitchen


SUNDAY

Lunch


Appetizer / Finger Foods: Edamame, broccoli florets
Main course: Turkey & rutabaga puree

Goûter - Apple-fig compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cucumber Sorrel Gazpacho*
Main course: Roasted heirloom tomatoes with lamb & quinoa stuffing*


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3 comments:

  1. Those pictures are so beautiful! Especially the parsley root one!

    Nice menu too :)

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    1. Thanks so much Ilan! Was very excited to find parsley root this week, it's really delicious. Thx for coming by :-)

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  2. can't wait to make that gazpacho! -lni

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