Friday, May 09, 2008
The weather in Brussels has been spectacular. The sky has been without cloud for over a week, and the sun has all but chased the damp from my bones. I can only hope that the trend will continue as I prepare for a four day trip to Trier. If it was just myself and my physics geek, a rainy week in Germany wouldn't seem so daunting. But, the thought of trying to motivate 22 kids throughout rain soaked streets.......the idea is less than appetizing. Fingers crossed.
Good weather makes for good food. A big change in local produce this past week. The market is busting with peppers, rhurbarb, asparagus and carrots. But it is the growth on my terrace balcony that has me so excited. We planted some strawberries one rain-drenched March afternoon, and it appears that, ta-dah, we have a couple of flowers starting to pop.
And it is with a strawberry-heavy fruit salad that we go treking to a birthday picnic tonight. It is a joint creation, that we both agreed, thanks to the slippery mango, is the sexiest fruit salad we have ever seen. We are thinking that it might not fill us up before our concert trip tonight (I'm From Barcelona, Of Montreal, Blood Red Shoes, Two Gallants....) so we are also going to hit Dolma, a great Veg restauarant in the heart of hippy-Brussels that we haven't been to in ages.
I need some help!!! With prayers to the sun goddess, the weather will hold out for a bbq lunch we are going to in Waterloo on Sunday afternoon - suggestions for what I might want to bring would be mega appreciated. Send me recipes, links, ideas and I would be happy to give them a whirl and share the results.
Minty Fruit Salad
-2 ripe mangoes - cubed
-2 quarts of strawberries - washed and cut
-1 melon - cubed
- juice of one lime
- mint - cut into ribbons
How To: How ever you like!