Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Lunch

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

We spent it at Laurent’s parents, which means that I didn’t have to cook – just help with the plating and layout. Stress-free holidays are the best!

Easter is always a little atypical here, because Laurent’s father generally dislikes red or fatty meat, except when its ground or baked as a meatloaf. Which means, no lamb, and no Easter ham. The only lambs present were the ones decorating the table.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the appetizers.

I really wish I could tell you what’s in these. But even Laurent’s dad could barely remember the ingredients. He has a knack for taking whatever leftovers there are in his fridge, and turning them into something that is both delicious and literally unique – as in, there is no way he, or anyone else, could ever make it again. I can tell you this particular spread contains puréed tomato, parsley, mayonnaise, olive tapenade, Tabasco, breadcrumbs, and possibly some roasted red peppers… but I can’t be sure, and I’m probably forgetting half the ingredients. But whatever was in it, it was good, on crackers and as a filling for devilled eggs.

There was an elaborate caprese salad, which I completely forgot to photograph. It was served with fine prosciutto and grissini. For some reason, I did remember to photograph the grissini.

The main course, as I said, was atypical: salmon. It was simply poached, and served cold with three different kinds of homemade mayonnaise: garlic and parsley, tarragon, and tomato. Simple flavours, but everything was prepared with care, and it was an ideal lunch for a lovely warm day.

Dessert was also not exactly traditional: no chocolate, but a thin, crisp pear tart, with caramelized sugar. It was light, not too sweet, and just plain delicious. (OK, we did have some chocolate after – it was Easter, after all.)

One of the guests had brought her dog, a cross between a Husky and a Retriever. As you can see, he had the most amazing eyes (and no, the different colours are not a trick of the light):

The dog received his share of treats, as well. So we all left with a full stomach and a skip in our step.

How was your Easter?


  1. What an amazing Easter spread, Val..I love the flavored mayos and especially LOVE the tomato, olive tapendade, breadcrumb etc.. combo. However..that pear tart is a sugary, shimmery thing of beauty. I can almost taste it!

  2. Thereby proving atypical can be totally gorgeous and wonderful!

  3. Happy easter! That looks like quite a feast, and the table looks so cute with the floral napkins and little lambs. I couldn't help but notice the plate for the deviled eggs, didn't know they sell these things! Laurent's dad did a wonderful job preparing such a yummmy meal for you guys, looks like a lot of fun!

  4. Lucky you that you have in-laws that can cook. Everything looks great.