Friday, June 15, 2012

Sunday Lunch for Papa's Wife

I love dinner parties... going to them, throwing them. They're like little projects and heaven knows, I love a project (implementation plans and all). Plus with the new house and proper kitchen I was dying to give one a whirl and Papa's Wife was the perfect excuse for a whirl. 

Papa's Wife works hard, she has a full time job then comes home and cooks for her husband and takes care of her ninety year old mother. She does the bookkeeping for Brother-in-Law's business, watches La Petite every other weekend, and hosts the family every Sunday for lunch. Plus, she's always been really nice to me so I thought it would be nice to serve her Sunday lunch for once.  

I've only cooked Sunday lunch for Papa's Wife twice, the first time I had been living in Le Petit Village for a little over a month and was wracked with nerves, and then there was the time I made fajitas and everyone kept referring to the tortillas as crêpes (weirdos).  This time, I wasn't nearly as nervous and new exactly what I wanted...

Like little nibbles for an appetizer, they're so much more fun. 
See these cucumbers topped with herbed cream cheese... 

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... fun!

I stirred chopped basilic and ciboulette (basil and chives) into France's answer to Philly Cream Cheese, St Môret, and topped cucumbers with it. C'est tout!

And because they're so damn good, I made the Mad Men deviled eggs that I had made for Gatz's birthday again. 


I think it's the capers that make them so good. I love a caper.  

(And in case you couldn't tell, the photos aren't mine. I don't take photos of my food because I'm terrible at it)

Besides little nibbles, I knew that I wanted to make something that I could prepare a couple hours ahead and since Chicken Piccata can be prepared a couple hours ahead, and has capers in it, it seemed like a solid choice. Throw it on top of some linguine and voila (I can't seem to find an appetizing photo of chicken piccata so please use your imagination for this one).

Dessert was the best part though. On Friday night, Papa's Wife had handed me a large, round, green, ripe fruit and told me to use it on Sunday before it went bad. I took the large, round, green fruit and decided that it was a very ripe mango and instead of just serving up slices of it (RE: boring) I googled, mango desserts, and came upon this bowl of heaven... 

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Mangoes in Cinnamon Custard. Yes please. Saturday I went out and bought another mango (just in case, you know) and later that night made the custard.

The next morning, a few hours before lunch, I began to cut the mango and made the oddest discovery... that large, round, ball of fruit that Papa's Wife had given me wasn't a mango, it was a giant freaking avocado! An avocado the size of a softball! Now maybe mangoes don't come in that size but neither do avocados. Color me shocked. Good thing I had my 'just in case' mango to save the day (ABP... always be prepared... take that freakish softball avocado).

But, if it wasn't for that weird and freaky, softball sized avocado, I never would have made the most delicious dessert there ever was.
Thank you avocado. 

bisou
P.S. all of the recipes can be found on my Pinterest boards; delish dish and sweets for my sweet.

27 comments:

  1. Your lunch and dishes you served to Papa's Wife look delish! So what did Papa's Wife think of your Sunday lunch and your use of the avocado? :-)

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    1. Thankfully she didn't mention the avocado.
      She loved the lunch, turns out cucumbers are her favorite so gold star for me on that one!

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  2. You should make avocado cake with your avocado - it's yummy!

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  3. so I always run through the pics before I read blogs. Totally wanted that white plate with the pasta on it. Only its AN EGG! and cinnamon on anything is the bomb. You rock, as usual.
    T x

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  4. Your menu sounds delish! I have an avocado in my fruit bowl now and I am not sure how to use it! Maybe I will try the above suggestion of an avocado cake:)Hope you have a great weekend!
    ~Anne

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  5. I'm going to make the cucumbers for my lunch. right now. you pushed me over the edge of starving.
    a xo

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  6. That entire menu sounds delicious and just perfect for summer!

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  7. Can I just say that I love following you on Pinterest? I love what you pin!

    This dinner party looks absolutely delicious. I hope The Husband was impressed with your skills. You really are the perfect wife! (show this comment to him) : )

    ...and only you would have a "just-in-case" mango!!! So funny! Why was the avocado yellow?

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    1. The avocado/ mango was green, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out what it was. It was shaped like a mango, so I thought that maybe it was a mango that turned green with time. I don't know! Don't judge me!

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  8. mmmm

    Now I want Avacado and Mango......

    This isn't helping my diet very much.

    xxx

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  9. She must have loved it. So sweet of you. The food sounds amazing! xo

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  10. Oh my God, the cucumbers. The cheese. Le siiiiiigh.

    Also, I thought avocados have a tough brown skin? Right? Totally not your fault for the mango mistake.

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  11. One of my favorite things about your blog is the language barriers... like when everyone kept referring to the tortillas as crêpes. I almost couldn't stop laughing when I read that. Adorable! And I will definitely have to try that fruit dish. My mouth is watering. By the way, what did you do with the avocado?

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  12. lol!!! tell me you did something awesome with the avocado!! and that mango dessert sounds amazing, even though I'm generally not a fan of mango.

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  13. I need to make this mango dessert ASAP!!

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  14. You had me at cinnamon custard :)

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  15. This all looks so delicious!!! It's so nerve wracking cooking for others, kudos to you for taking the plunge :)

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  16. Sounds AMAZING! I love cooking for other people!

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  17. These look delicious! I want to see that avocado! But you probably cut it. Haha

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  18. Yeah..a pic of the avocado is due!! Your dinner sounds delicious.

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  19. Nice job with the lunch! It all sounds delicious. I will have some of those cucumbers with cream cheese please :)
    Ashley

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  20. So what did you do with the avocado?

    Guess you had a funny story for starters,eh?

    xo Jane

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  21. What?!? Look at u go all gourmet and stuff!!! Good Job missy!! sounds like a fabulous meal for a very worthy lady!! I might just have to still your cucumber and cream cheese herb appetizer idea..... :)

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  22. Next time can I come to lunch please? :)) Diane

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  23. I laughed out loud about the avocado. Too funny! Glad the lunch went well and I'm sure she really appreciated the break :)

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  24. My mouth, it watered. Wow. I am sure that if I lived in France, my cooking skills would automatically become equal with yours. :D

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