Mon Dieu!

Speculoos breakfast cake for dessert

I fell asleep watching Drag Race France, even after a nap this afternoon. This oxygen thing is taking a toll. I’ll be grateful when it’s resolved and I have more energy in a day. Meanwhile, I’m grateful for Drag Race France, and for Boyz Lunch, and for all the fun I had in the kitchen this morning. Mon Dieu! It was 95 degrees outside and I slaved over a hot oven all morning, baking first that Speculoos breakfast cake at last, and then homemade hot dog buns. Both were delicious.

Lunch underway, a kitchen whirlwind this morning
I’m grateful for these herb scissors: boy, do I love having the right tool for the job! The Herby 3 Bean Salad recipe calls for ¾ cup fresh herbs, and this tool made short work of chopping the dill, fennel leaf, parsley, basil, and rosemary from the garden.
Herby Three Bean Salad, with garden fennel, last summer’s green beans, and fresh herbs, plus some canned beans, store-bought red onions, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
I’m grateful, as always, for the technology to find the right recipe for the job. I found hotdogs in the freezer this morning and decided that’s what’s for lunch, but had no buns. I searched ‘quick hotdog bun recipe,’ and pretty quickly found Bonnie’s 30-minute bun recipe. Amazing!
The last of the Homestead all-beef hotdogs from the freezer, saved after they weren’t needed at Michael’s memorial party almost exactly a year ago. I’m grateful for a chest freezer filled with wholesome local meats and garden produce, and also for this new Staub grill pan/lid that just happened to arrive yesterday with its cocotte bottom.
A perfect July luncheon.
And a restful nap afterwards for the chef and the tiny sous-chef.

4 thoughts on “Mon Dieu!

  1. A few things: I am greatly impressed by your energy and initiative in the kitchen – homemade hot dog buns in 30 minutes!!?? Wow. Your fennel looks amazing. The last photo of you and Wren is beautiful. And finally, I’m ordering those Herb Scissors NOW. Thank you for a fun and tasty blog this morning 😊

    • 😂 Do order the scissors. They’re a game changer. As for the buns, well, desperate situations call for desperate measures. I was really impressed with the recipe, and look forward to having a tuna melt on a leftover bun for lunch today. Yum!

      Rita Clagett Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Mirador Eco-Retreat https://dukkaqueen.wixsite.com/mirador-eco-retreat

      “My experience is what I agree to attend to.” ~ William James

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    • Any herbs will do! So it will taste different every time. I was also out of olive oil, so used walnut. I definitely think it would have tasted better with olive. Gardeners Supply should give me some free stuff, for all the promo I do for them. You’ll love the scissors. 😂

      Rita Clagett Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Mirador Eco-Retreat https://dukkaqueen.wixsite.com/mirador-eco-retreat

      “My experience is what I agree to attend to.” ~ William James

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