The end of September and beginning of October have been busy here...
Jacques ..my talented chef..has started making bacon.. pastrami..and pancetta.My fave so far is the pancetta..OK the pastrami straight out of the oven was sublime..but the pancetta? Well just fabulous to me..
I happened to find a beautiful bunch of leeks at the same time..and prior to that some Italian plums..
When friends came for dinner..I pre-Halloweened..with just 2 wee things ..a pumpkin I painted white and adorned..and a bottle of water..with a whole stem and leaves of lemon balm..identified no less with Arsenic:)
such cute graphics I found:) From Cathe Holden..at Something I made~Thank you and go see:)
Not related at all to that evening..we made good use of the pancetta and leeks:)
I made a quiche with the leeks and pancetta:) easy peasy.. 3 lightly beaten eggs..I pan fried pancetta ..leeks..and shallots..some garlic...kale I had blanched and frozen...added the mix to the beaten eggs..some cream..some seasonings.. mes herbes salées mostly..swiss cheese:) and topped all w/ blanched Leek that I shaped into flowers and leaves..a;; placed and tucked into a French quiche plate that was papered and buttered in Phyllo dough~
.. and a cream of leek and potato soup ensued.. with Jacques' pancetta in Mary's bowls:)The plum cake I have showcased here before..I think I made a whole post on it:)I just did a different twist this time~
I think Jacques favors his pancetta most also.
Fall is a season of bounty..and the colors in the trees bring a sense of..utter gratitude for experiencing such riches.
October IS Awesome♥
Apart from saying goodbye to our gardens.
....but honestly..I have already started to cut back the gardens..for their winter sleep.. they suffered so much through this summer's drought..they were looking more than forlorn..Still have many to go..but the ones I did do..look fresher and cleaner.
Not my best gardening year at all.
Footnote..one meal I love to make at this time of year..is Martha Stewart's Sesame Chicken in Acorn Squash..we had it tonight..but by the time we ate..dusk had set in:( The nights are getting shorter~
It's such a pretty fall recipe..It's in one of my Martha Stewart's Quick Cook books..It is delicious.
I did find the recipe here also..and thank you poster~ for you if you want to enjoy it:)