Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lemon Fest {And Zest!}

Courtesy of Country Living

Life handed me lemons
last week.
{Well Trader Joe’s did.}

So I created a lemon-y menu
and prepared a luncheon
for my yoga buddies.

We started with pink sparkling lemonade
in champagne glasses.
I tossed two raspberries in each glass…

Toasting spring, yoga...and lemonade

For an amuse bouche 
{A fancy French word for "amuse the palate"}
 I made
Lemon-Marscapone Stuffed Dates.
They were lovely with the lemonade!

We started with Avgolemeno Soup--
that’s Greek for Egg-Lemon Chicken Soup.

The main attraction was Heirloom Grain Salad 
{spinach, quinoa, red pepper, avocado, asparagus, palm hearts, provolone and parmigiano-reggiano cheese}
with Lemon Vinaigrette, naturally.

Served with an Indian bread
called Naan.

The grand finale was supplied by my
dear friend Margaret….

Cake from Buttercream Collections

A cake called the Raspberry Royale--
white cake filled with
white and raspberry mousses and fresh raspberries….

Which we relished with a hot cup of tea.

Good thing we all exercise!


fairmaiden said...

Thank you so much for your lovely visits and compliments. The suggestion of free-lance house stager had my head twirling...I would love to do that! But I don't really know how to go about it...I will be looking into it though. One thing I am realizing in all this job hunting/life change season is that I am much more interested in pursueing my art(which includes home decorating), rather than teaching or nutrition(my degree)...unless I get a job at a health food market! I did apply for Trader Joes even, but they are not currently hiring. An even bigger health food market from S. Cali is coming to my city this Autumn and I will be applying for part-time work there. Now on to your post...

Sounds like a wonderful day of good healthy eating with friends. I just began yoga last summer and really love it. I only go to gentle yoga once a week. I walk the treadmill 1 hour/day and lift wts. twice a week...trying to get back into shape after 15 yrs. and 4 children. I used to be an avid runner(10-15 miles/day) and rowed on the crew team in college. I biked long distance too. I would like to get in good enough shape to run 5 or 10k races again. And I want to continue yoga for the rest of my life.

I just home from Trader Joes myself. Will be making homemade pizza with spinach, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes this weekend. Have a lovely one. Did you find your garden gloves?!!

Fearless Nester said...

Oh I love that you eat so healthy and practice yoga! The Heirloom grain salad sounds wonderful with all those ingredients...but that cake really really really caught my eye. Yum city! Oh and I do love your music over here, but I suspect your husband may be on to something that I didn't even think about. Yikes! ~Lili

hometown girl said...

all sounds wonderful! i love that kind of soup and the cake wow! sounds like a fun afternoon!

Margaret said...

The luncheon was springy and lemony and a true work of art and thoughtfulness. It's always a pleasure to be in your home.

jAne said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope to 'see' you again sometime soon. :o)

As to Carmel, we've visited many times and never tire of its beauty. Ever. swoon...thud.

I do believe I can taste that cake through the blogosphere. Hm. Need to get to the gym t his morning and work off those calories!


sarah-jane down the lane said...

Of course, mais oui, mais oui!Link away to your hearts content!

When you are writing your post, highlight the tne name or picture you want to create a lnk from, then on the blogger tools seek out the geen circle icon (at the top next to the font and colour keys. )Click on this and a little link box will pop open, simply paste or type the web address of the thing/person you are linking to and voila!

Hope that helps? I am not brilliant at explaining!

Sarah x

jAne said...

Hope it's all right that I add you to my sidebar...?


Privet and Holly said...

Of course, I'd LOVE that, Jane. Thank you!

Sarah ~ Thank you for the advice. Apparently I was typing away at the same time you were!

Once I figure out how to include recipes on another page, I'll do that. Thank you for your warm thoughts over the privet!

xx P&H

Andrea said...

I love Trader Joe's! That menu sounds devine:) Wow look at that cake Awesome!!