Monday, June 29, 2009




Weekends, as I have explained before, are market day for us: Saturdays we wend our way to La Place de la Petite Hollande, Nantes’ marché populaire, to find inexpensive fruits, vegetables still wearing their dirt, sometimes pre-cooked foods and, of course, a beautiful roasted chicken from the Chicken Lady. This Saturday was no different, especially as we had a date to walk down to the Hangar à Banane on the Loire and watch the launching “à l’ancienne” of the replica of Jules Verne’s (a child of Nantes) boat Le St. Michel. So a skip, hop and a jump found us buying a gorgeous roasted chicken, some cheese and salad and then home.

The building of the replica of Le Saint-Michel, completely traditionally built.

Sundays we normally head out early for Marché Talensac, Nantes’ indoor market, a bit more chi-chi, where we buy seafood fresh off the boats, chilled bottles of white or rosé wine, huge, dense, fresh salads and vine-ripened tomatoes, bulging heads of purple garlic and bouquets of tender, crispy radishes from our favorite vegetable lady, a loaf of bread and the occasional lasagne for the boys from the Italian “traiteur”.

But this Sunday, disaster struck in the most innocent of places! Instead of going to the market and just lazing away the day, as the weather was so beautiful JP decided to take Marty and Simon to the forest about an hour outside of Nantes for a long, leisurely hike. That’s when it happened: throwing caution to the wind, Marty started doing his truffle pig imitation and snuffling up every mushroom he could detect and then, unlike those pigs, scarfing them down before JP even noticed what was happening. And as Marty has never done his homework, refusing to read the mushroom manual “How to Tell the Difference Between the Yummy Mushrooms and the Deadly Mushrooms”, of course he was poisoned. Horrors! Watching a small dog deathly ill and in pain all day, all evening is a sight that no one wants to behold. And I can assure you that Marty was as sick as a … well, as a dog….

Unbeknownst to me, I carried on merrily, packing up more cartons, emptying kitchen cabinets, folding away the winter sweaters into suitcases and thinking about lunch. What would go beautifully with leftover roasted chicken, to be eaten cold, something quick to make, healthy to boot and delicious. Ahha! I had thin, delicate French green beans and thicker yellow wax beans in the fridge and a wonderful recipe for a cold sour cream-horseradish sauce which would just hit the spot. Now in which box did I pack this cookbook…..?

After rifling through a mere 5 boxes labeled “cookbooks” I found the two volumes of Recipes from a Kitchen Garden by Renee Shepherd, founder of Shepherd’s Seeds and now owner of Renee’s Garden, and Fran Raboff, two slender volumes full of delightful, tasty recipes using vegetables, fruits and flowers from her garden including many heirloom varieties, and I was off to make this easy-as-pie sauce, perfect over steamed green and wax beans or as a dip for vegetables.

CREAMY HORSERADISH DRESSING with green and yellow beans

1/3 cup sour cream
1 Tbs prepared white horseradish
½ tsp Dijon or Dijon-style mustard
2 Tbs vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Using a fork, spoon or whisk, blend all the ingredients together in a small bowl or right in the measuring cup and chill for about an hour before serving.

Steam until tender enough green beans for 4 – 6 people served as a side dish. Refresh the cooked beans under cold running water to stop the cooking and drain well.

I added freshly-sliced juicy, ripe tomatoes for a bit of contrast in both color and flavor, arranged the beans on the plate and drizzled the thick, cold, creamy Horseradish Sauce over it all. And served it with cold chicken. Perfect for summer, and see how quick?

We ate with one communal eye on the Marts and I am happy to say that he was starting to mend by the end of the evening and got a clean bill of health from the vet today. And I do believe that that is his last run in the forest this summer. Back to the safety of the vineyards.

And I want to thank Karen of Domestic Muse for my fabulous apron she sent me for my entry in the Everything Old Is New Again Vintage Recipe Contest. I received it in the mail this week and boy did it cheer me up. Look how perfectly it fits! And I love the cupcakes! Thanks a gazillion Karen and I can't wait until next year's EONA Vintage Recipe Date!

Simon was very proud of the bow he tied that "weren't on his shoes".


asiangrrl said...

Goodness, I am so glad that the little chocolate tartlet is ok! I couldn't even really focus on the yummy green beans and sauce until I read that Marty was ok. Marty! No more truffles for you!

That apron is so cute on you. Nice, um, cutlery, too, by the way.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'm glad Marty is feeling better now... That must have terrified you!

I love this dressing! Delicious with summer vegetables.

What a pretty appron! So cute!



Heavenly Housewife said...

I really love the taste of horseradish. It adds a certain colour to everything. Great for sauces with fish or red meat too. Very cute little apron :)

Sippity Sup said...

Why can't I be you? GREG

Barbara Bakes said...

Sorry to hear about your doggy! How sad! The beans look so fresh and tasty!

Jamie said...

I'm glad to hear Marty's feeling better. Our Boston's love to eat everything in the backyard.

Your sauce sounds really good with those wonderful looking vegetables.

girlichef said...

Oh my gosh...that apron is so cute (but what happened to your head! LOL)! Poor Marty...glad he's feeling better...and drool! This looks so fresh and summery and delicious :D

Mary said...

I'm glad Marty recovered in time to have his picture taken. He looks contrite. Your apron is indeed beautiful. I love your vegetable preparation and hope to follow course really soon. Have a wonderful day.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

So glad the pup is doing better .... gadfry it's just always something.
Ooooo those beans look gorgeous, horseradish sauce would be so perfect.
The apron was just made for you! That is terrific; such drama on the back!

Junglefrog said...

Ooo, good to hear that Marty is ok!! I had to quickly read through to the end to see that he was doing fine.. Why don't dogs have a build in warning signal if something is poisonous!
Love that you're going to the place of small Holland (or whatever that would translate too) :))

Jamie said...

@Greg (Sippity Sup) : I wish you could be me at least until after the move!

@girlichef : Yeah, cute, right? Thought you'd love something so girly! And I lost my head in the packing!

@Mary : LOL Marty is never contrite! Bored maybe?

@Junglefrog : Love Holland!

@Everybody : thanks for the worry about Marty. Warms a mom's heart. And, yeah, isn't it always something?

Sophie said...

What a lovely been salad & what a yummie dressing! i totally want to eatthe plate, now!

Congrats on winning that lovely apron! It surely fits you well!

5 Star Foodie said...

The creamy horseradish dressing sounds excellent with summer veggies! Glad to hear that Marty is ok!

Chef E said...

I love horseradish, and also glad to hear Marty is doing better!

What is an apron? lol, in my house they are tucked away in my catering closet...

Jamie said...

@Chef E - but wouldn't you wear an apron more often if it was as cute as this one?

Maris said...

Your dressing sounds great! I love any kind of dips or sauces for veggies - in the summer sometimes that's all I need for dinner!

Ana Powell said...

Hi Jamie
As always your work is great.
All delicious and well presented.
Have a great weekend x


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