Sunday, May 06, 2012

Back to the market

A trip to the antique markets in Paris is always on my agenda. This is a perfect place to stroll and maybe locate something special to pack up in your suitcase to bring home. Since I gravitate towards anything to do with food, I continually keep my eyes peeled for tabletop ideas as well. This trip I grabbed a few serving pieces. As you can see, spoons are easy to pack.

Just dig in and grab a few! Memories of your market experience will be with you for many meals  to come. When I take my guests to the market, I always suggest taking  a piece or two back home. Conversations of Paris continue to flow ~

Now, the horse ~ I could not get him in my suitcase, but what a treasure! Around every corner, another gem is found!

Then we see other wonderful treasures as we walk along the crowed stalls.
 Life is good ~

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Roasted Beets with Fresh Greens

Try  roasting your fresh beets wrapped in foil for 45 minutes, cool then remove the skins.

Fresh beet salad with dressing.

Beets were purchased earlier in the day from the farmers market on Sanibel Island ~ big and delicious! Sorry to see the market close for the season.....

Wonderful huge heads of fresh lettuce also picked up from the farmers market.

Dressing for salad
1 T. red wine vinegar, 1/2 t. Dijon mustard, 3/4 t. balsamic vinegar, 1/4 c. olive oil, 4-6 ounces of fresh lettuce or baby greens, 3-4 beets, ( cooked) mine were rather large, salt and pepper to taste, fresh herbs to your liking; I added parsley and tarragon.

 Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Toss with the lettuce, beets and added herbs right before serving. A nice serving for two!
  After the pictures were taken, I threw in some crumbled goat cheese.That really topped it off!