Sunday, June 18, 2006

Picnics & Good Intentions

First – I must admit…I’m a woman with the best of intentions. Several months ago Melissa, the Cooking Diva linked to the International Farmers Market, asking for bloggers around the world to contribute photos and musings about local markets and post by June. OOPS - missed the deadline, but you really should drop by and check out the roundup.

Next, it's time for Weekend Cookbook Challenge conceived and hosted by two fabulous ladies – Ali of Something So Clever and Sara of I Like to Cook. This challenge is around picnics using recipes from some un(or under) used cookbook. I also get to squeeze out another entry for Kalyn’s Weekend Herb Blogging event, my other fave happening. This weekend it's being hosted by Virginie at Absolutely Green. So that's where to head for the roundup.

So now let me back up a bit….last Friday was my father-in-law’s birthday and my honey was going to be out of town on business so we thought we do a combined Father’s Day/birthday do on Saturday, culminating in leisurely lunch at our home. Because I wanted a light but interesting lunch that I could semi-prepare the day before (we were going to be busy all morning and just showing up at our place at lunch time), I thought of doing dishes that would also work for a picnic. That way I could kill two birds with one stone – create an easy-to-do meal and an entry for Weekend Cookbook Challenge. I used the The Sonoma Diet book and came up with a

wheat berry and lentil salad (fabulous) and

tuna & pickle relish salad (pretty ordinary). Of course that wasn’t nearly enough variety for me, so I did my usual

tomatoes with goat cheese and

mini jalapeno cornbread muffins (last two are from my own book - Every Kitchen Tells Its Stories).

For dessert, I prepared a fresh fruit salad – plums, peaches, local organic strawberries from Dufferin Farmers’ Market (I actually did go there – just not in time for the parade of farmers markets), pineapple and cantaloupe with some fresh mint. Nothing could be easier or more natural.

Oh, and of course I had to whip up something sweet beside the fruit, so I made some modifications to the apricot pistachio muffins from Delicious Magazine. Too lazy to shell pistachio nuts, I toasted some pecan pieces instead. I substituted Splenda for sugar and whole wheat flour for regular. Next time I’ll try it with almond meal instead (I only thought about it after the muffins were in the oven). So all in all it's quite South Beach Diet friendly too.

So here's my menu for a lovely picnic - whether you eat it at home on a table or in the country on a blanket.....

Mini- Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins at the bottom of the St Lawrence Market post

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Kalyn said...

I think I need to make that lentil and wheat berry salad! Sounds fantastic.

jenjen said...

wow, i've never encountered jalapeno in cornbread. Must make for an interesting bite to it. I must try this sometime.

Virginie said...

I'm used to read recipes on WHB. This time, it's a menu, and what a menu ! I appreciate the way you cook for every taste. I'm very seduced by the Wheat berry & lentil Salad, the fruits salad and, for the greedy I am your muffins. It's the first time I hear about Jalapenaos Cornbread Muffins. It sounds interesting. And I can't wait to know how your next almond meal muffins will taste.

Mahek said...

after along time
its always such a pleasure to read your posts and to see your enthusiasm while cooking good food.
i am tagging you with a meme .
i was tagged for the first time and i have to tagg five more.
pls do so only if you feel like

Ruth said...

The wheat berry salad is definitely a keeper and the jalapeno cornbread is a recipe my friends and family always look forward to when they come over.

Mahek - I'd love to do the "5 Things" meme. Thanks for thinking of me.

And thanks everyone for dropping by.

Alicat said...

Wow -- you always amaze me by the sheer amount of goodies you are able to make for special occasions! Way to go Ruth! :O)

Can't wait till your cookbook is out! Any word on a date?

Thank you for participating, as always. :)