|Macarons; Salmon Rilettes with Easter Egg Radishes and Microgreens; local asparagus|
Yesterday I had a rare morning off and was able to head to our local farmers market. Awaiting me were fresh local asparagus from Armstrong, freshly plucked greens of all kinds, fresh herbs, Easter Egg radishes, free range eggs, and microgreens. So to celebrate moms everywhere I created another Sunday picnic with a French theme in mind…ooh la la...
|Salmon Rillettes; French Potato Salad with Chive Blossoms and Easter Egg radishes; Easter Egg radishes|
What better way to enjoy a beautiful Spring day than to take a leisurely drive south of the city past cerulean blue lakes meandering along the pocket dessert we call home. The Okanagan Valley is dotted with balsam flowers and antelope and sage brush this time of year. I drive past fragrant orchards and undulating vineyards as far as the eye could see. The goal... an early Spring picnic amongst the sheltered boughs at the Summerland Research Station and their ornamental gardens to celebrate Mothers Day.
I am here to tell you that French food does not have to be intimidating or fussy. In fact French Bistro style is perfect for Sunday picnics and my preferred peasant-style dishes.This time around I chose Salmon Rillettes from Food and Wine magazine. These rillettes were inspired by a similar dish at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon bistro in the Napa Valley in California where he blends fresh salmon and butter with hot-smoked salmon to give the rich spread extra-rich flavour. You can pour melted butter over the top, as Keller does, to seal in freshness. I spread the rillettes on crusty baguette slices and topped each with paper thin slices of Easter Egg radishes, micro greens and a little freshly ground black pepper.
Next a French Potato Salad from my good friend Dina of Olive Oil and Lemons. I boiled the potatoes but to retain their flavour you can steam them as Dina does. I used fingerling potatoes and added chives, chive blossoms and paper thin slices of Easter Egg radish. A good tip would be to add the radishes at the last minute or the colour bleeds into the potatoes and dressing. I also love how this method retains their fresh and natural flavour which I feel enhances the salad.
Also on the menu was a Shaved Asparagus Salad with Creamy Herbed Vinaigrette.
I hope all you wonderful moms had an amazing day as I did !!!!
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