Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! My idea of heaven, eaten steamed or raw, we tried every variety we could get our greedy hands on.
This snapshot is just a small portion of a seemingly endless table filled with the most incredible pastries, breads, cakes, meringues, and pies I’ve ever seen. We started at this end where we marveled at this amazing feat of a pastry….
…And ended at these football-sized meringues. We took home huge bags filled with everything we couldn’t say no to; half of it was gone by the time we made back to the house. We even invented a new favorite dessert with the coffee flavored meringue that involved salted carmel, chocolate/toffee crunch, and homemade coffee whipped cream. There was a fight over the last spoonful…!
They grow the most perfect bulbs of garlic, shallots and onions…almost too perfect to eat.
One of our favorite late afternoon activities is to go foraging in the hedgerows near the house for blackberries, wild fennel, and Mirabelle plums–which we turn into jams, cobblers, flavored simple syrups (the fennel simple syrup is a favorite for a refreshing afternoon cocktail), and sorbets depending on what strikes our mood. With such abundance it’s easy to make something new and different every day. This year the blackberries were especially wonderful…I don’t think I’ve ever eaten more blackberries as I did in those two weeks.