Spring, for all her glorious qualities, seems to be lacking in the “showing up on time” department. Its April 13th and the high for today was 54 degrees. There was a constant “Irish mist” and where there were smiles, just a few days ago on all the sidewalk faces, now there are only drooping heads.
I have tried to channel her in a myriad of unsuccessful ways – I bought a bounty of colorful tulips, I filled pots with heady purple lilacs, bought strappy sandals, drank iced coffee, ordered a chilled cucumber soup and even tried skipping. Spring was not responsive. Oh yeah, there was that one day where she just teased a bit with a blue sunny sky, a 70 degree temp and a gentle breeze for the daffodils to dance in. But it was fleeting. I feel its time for more drastic measures to summon her, into her own Season!
So, I am going to COOK Spring. I am hopeful that the aromas of those divine spring vegetables, sprouting herbs and tender meats will lure her in. I feel sure once she gets a bite of her own seasonal gifts, she will stick around until Summer comes barreling down the road. No?
Another good reason to cook these recipes would be Easter, just a week and a bit away. This is an easy full proof menu, that scales well, and really celebrates the freshness of the Season. It’s a delightful menu for Easter lunch after the big hunt! You can even add a frittata, fresh berries and some blood orange muffins to make it a great Brunch as well. Don’t forget the bubbly and mimosas! Spring loves these.
Chilled Prosecco, certo!
Prosciutto Wrapped Honeydew (with a mint & honey drizzle)
Roast Hen with a Lavender Honey Glaze
Roast Potatoes, cooked in Duck Fat (oh yes we did)
Baby Carrots in a Thyme Vinegarette
Dessert – well, should we go Cadbury Egg or Speckled Malt Eggs or Marshmallow Bunnies? (I vote for Cadbury)
In case you feel more homemade, try a strawberry tiramisu…
For any or all of these recipes, please send me a comment and I will post them under my recipes page!
PS …IT WORKED! I woke up to sunny blue skies this morning! Thank you Spring! You made my day.