It's been an exhausting week.
Mon mari is reclining gracefully on his hospital bed, complaining about the food. ( I have SO lost faith in French medical care….. the FOOD isn't good??? Zut Alors!!!!)
I have 3 weeks of uncut lawn to wrestle into submission, after perfect grass-growing weather.
Not to mention the weeds that have reached the tops of all 500 vines.
Or the hedge that has grown across the gate and almost over the roof.
And the centipedes that have heard the 'slayer' is temporarily not in residence and have invaded, en masse, with all their kith and kin.
Let's not forget the, at least daily, trips to hospital.
In all fairness, he would much rather be here, doing the work.
It's not serious…we think and hope; just about 4 gazillion bacteria staging a coup. But we think we nipped it in time. Still, surgery is likely, and, with the French system, that means a 2 – 3 week hospital stay.
He's going to have to adjust to the food.
I'm going to have to adjust to hard labour. Did I mention we have 7 acres?
Since I am cooking for one, I get to make more fun stuff…. less proper stuff.
This is something I like to make and have on hand in the summer. I serve it with fish, shrimp, chops, pasta, polenta….
Fresh Tomato Olive Salsa
2 fresh, ripe tomatoes
2 tbs fresh oregano
1 tbs freshly snipped chives
1/3 cup pitted green or Kalamata olives
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbs olive oil, the good stuff
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp sea salt
Roughly chop tomatoes. Cut olives in half. Snip herbs. Put oil, vinegar, chili powder and salt in small bowl, whisk to combine. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
In addition to the above, for the week of May 23, we have White Bean and Radish Salad, Grilled Polenta with Tomato Olive Salsa, Barbecued Shrimp, Veal Chops, and more…
Become a Thyme for Cooking Subscriber and get the menu, complete recipes with meal preparation instruction, and shopping list delivered to your inbox each Thursday. (Reverse seasons available for Australia, and others in the Southern Hemisphere)
Did I mention that, due to a variety of circumstances, I have never cut grass with a power mower before yesterday?
I have to go mow, now.