Summer’s wonderful abundance is upon us. The Wednesday farmer’s market is full of searing yellow zucchini flowers, majestic sunflowers, herbs aplenty, aubergines and tomatoes of every sort.
It seems a good time to make the exceedingly easy but tasty aubergine and tomato dish Melanzane alla parmigiana – Jamie Oliver’s version is excellent – see http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/melanzane-alla-parmigiana. It is also a great time to be thankful for a few of our favourite things. This month I am thankful for Firat’s supermarket on Weimarstraat in the Hague for the best organic box of cherry pomodoro tomatoes I could ever want. We have halved them, slow roasted them, pureed them, made salad caprese with home-made pesto and finally frozen them. I was also forced to buy one of the silvery grey Olive trees standing so forlonly outside his shop. It looks wonderful in my small urban paradise. I am extremely thankful I have a garden with fresh thyme, basil and rosemary in it!
Another of my favourite things is La Buena Vida cafe/shop (see www.LivingLaBueuaVida.com) on Fahrenheitstraat 582 where Paul and Ginny make the most divine coffees and preside over a cornacopia of innovative treasures including artisan chocolate, gorgeous kitchware, olive oil hand-creams and loads of lovely stuff. A group of us did a barista course there last night and had a fabulous time – I recommend. My favourite thing from Ginny’s shop though is a recycled Spanish Glass Water dispenser. We fill it with slices of citrus, sprigs of herbs, hibiscus flowers and rose petals which tempts all to drink lovely cold fresh slightly flamboyant water!
Another of my favourite things is coming up soon in the form of outdoor theatre by the Illyria troupe. The English Theatre is bringing James and the Giant Peach to The Hague – see www.theenglishtheatre.nl for details (and do note they have hampers on offer for the Romeo and Juliet performance). Which brings me rather neatly (Peach reference) to my most favourite dessert designed for Dame Nellie Melba in 1892 or 3 by the French Chef Auguste Escoffier.