Monday, July 23, 2012



She slid up to the counter in the dark office and pushed the necessary documents across the chocolate brown wood towards the woman standing stern and tall behind. “I’d like to choose a date to be married!” she exclaimed, giddy with pride and excitement. Despite her still-broken French, she answered all the questions and signed all of the papers. She was ever-so careful selecting the date; she had heard that marrying on a Tuesday or a Thursday was good luck in the Jewish religion so she chose a Thursday to be married. The 23rd… sounded very lucky as well, and she marked it down and confirmed with one sharp nod. And ran home to tell her man.

What?!” he cried. “A Thursday?! How could you choose a Thursday? My parents haven’t closed the shop one single day in the thirty years since it has been open for anything or anybody! They’ll refuse to come to our wedding!” He was distressed, to say the least, but she wouldn’t budge, calming him with her assurance that it would all turn out well and for the best. And married they were after that very brief courtship, married they were twenty-five years ago on a sunny July morning following several days’ preparation, cooking their own wedding lunch, baking their own wedding cakes and gathering around them a few selected family and friends. And, sure enough, his parents closed up the shop, put on their Sunday best and followed the wedding party to City Hall where they watched their only son marry the woman he loved who loved him back. The Champagne (supplied by these very same joyfully happy parents) flowed, the food was lavish, the laughter exuberant and the two began their life together wrapped in warmth and merriment.

And they lived happily ever after.

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus 
When he said the world was round 
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound 
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother 
When they said that man could fly 

They told Marconi Wireless was a phony 
It's the same old cry 
They laughed at me wanting you 
Said I was reaching for the moon 
But oh, you came through 
Now they'll have to change their tune 

They all said we never could be happy 
They laughed at us and how! 
But ho, ho, ho! 
Who's got the last laugh now? 

Ford and his Lizzie 
Kept the laughers busy 
That's how people are 
They laughed at me wanting you 
Said it would be, "Hello, Goodbye." 
But oh, you came through 
Now they're eating humble pie 

They all said we'd never get together 
Darling, let's take a bow 
For ho, ho, ho! 
Who's got the last laugh? 
Hee, hee, hee! 
Let's at the past laugh 
Ha, ha, ha! 
Who's got the last laugh now?" 
- Astaire & Rogers, They All Laughed, George and Ira Gershwin 

Twenty-five years we have been married, sticking together through thick and thin, the ups and downs so high and so low like a mad crazy roller coaster ride, the joys and difficulties of parenthood, the pleasures and madness of a culturally mixed marriage. Twenty-five years of date nights and family vacations, of exhausting workaday weeks and long months working side by side, of four countries and three languages and two religions and one love.

L’espoir, l’ardeur sont tout 
Ce qu’il te faut 
Mes bras, mon cœur, mes 
Epaules et mon dos 
Je veux te voir des étoiles 
Dans les yeux 
Je veux nous voir sourire 
Et heureux.
- Grégoire, Toi et Moi, Grégoire Boissenot

Hope, strength are all 
That you need 
My arms, my heart, my 
Shoulders and my back 
I want to see the stars 
In your eyes 
I want to see us smile 
And happy. 

Love at first sight, perfect marriage, soulmates, all the old clichés gather around us and we bat them around like flies. True, not true? Who can pinpoint when it began? Who can put their finger on the exact definition of what one means to the other? Who can define what is perfect and what isn’t? We move through the years gingerly, trying this and that, trial and lots of error, dancing around traditions and assumptions and each other, pushing against walls of rules and expectations. Arguments, compromise, stubborn refusals and making it up as we go along. Laughing at our own foibles and at the other’s quirks and eccentricities, trying to laugh when crying seems to be the easiest thing, hoping when desperation comes more naturally.

Twenty-five years today and we are on the cusp of a brand new life. A new apartment, our boys grown, both of us beginning new projects and new careers, life is an on-going adventure that is exciting and terrifying at once. Whatever brought us together, that spark, that curiosity and intrigue, that je ne sais quoi is still alive and kicking although over the years it has metamorphosed into something more honest and solid. Oh, romance is still there, the flowers and Champagne, the date nights and weekend getaways, yet that old romance is punctuated now by private jokes and easy comfort, making it all that more delicious.

Our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary will be spent buying neither diamonds nor Champagne but tools and renting a sanding machine, our afternoon spent in a notary office signing the papers which will make us the proud owners of a new Love Nest. With Marty slowly healing at home as best he can, our evening will be quiet and relaxing en famille.

I loved the Cherry Prosecco Granità so much that I knew that replacing the cherries with peaches and the sparkling Rosé Prosecco with white Prosecco would make a stunning treat. And it did. More like a sorbet this time than a granità, and using the Cartizze Prosecco gave a gentler hint of wine, making for a fruitier sorbet. Beautiful! And perfect for toasting the twenty-five years of marriage gone and the twenty-five years of marriage to come.

I want to share this with Jeanne and Meeta for this month’s Monthly Mingle. This month’s Mingle theme, chosen by Jeanne, our hostess with the mostess, is a Taste of Yellow for Barbara. You have read my post on the passing of a friend and beloved and generous food blogger, Barbara of Winos & Foodies who recently lost her very long battle against cancer. This Monthly Mingle is for her. We are all cooking and baking in yellow. I already posted a first Yellow entry, Milan-Style Asparagus with runny egg and Parmesan.

Thanks to the wonderful people at Bisol Prosecco and at Nielsen Massey for generously sponsoring From Plate to Page and offering me bottles of gorgeous Prosecco and bottles of exquisite extract (vanilla, lemon and coffee).  Keep an eye out on the Plate to Page website and blog to win an amazing goodie bag filled with amazing products!

Adapted from a recipe in Marie Claire Idées summer recipe issue

14 – 16 oz (400 – 450 g) fresh ripe yellow peaches
5/8 cup (150 ml) Bisol Prosecco or any other sparkling or dry white wine
6 Tbs runny/liquid honey
¼ tsp Nielsen Massey lemon extract or 2 tsps lemon juice

Peel the peaches (if very juicy, peel the peaches over the bowl of the robot mixer or blender to catch the juice) and remove the pit/stone (discard). Cut the peaches into chunks, place in a robot mixer or blender and mix to purée. Pour the peach purée into a bowl.

Add the Prosecco, the honey and the lemon extract or lemon juice and blend or whisk well. Pour the liquid into a freezer-safe container, a metal pan or a plastic container, preferably with a lid, and place in the freezer. The larger and shallower your pan (8 x 12 x 1 inch/20 x 30 x 2 cm), the quicker the sorbet will be ready to eat.

For a shallow pan, stir the sorbet every 15 minutes or so, using a fork, spatula or metal spoon, until ready to serve. For a deeper container, stir every few hours and then leave in the freezer overnight. Stir it up before serving.

Serve as is for a refreshing, flavorful treat. For a summery, elegant dessert, serve with fresh raspberries and strawberries.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a beautiful sorbet! Heavenly.

Congrats on the 25 years and to many more!



Barbara said...

Masel tov, Jamie, and congrats on your 25th anniversary!

What a lovely love story and what a fitting recipe to celebrate your day with sparkles and sweet peach.

Jenn said...

This sounds wonderfully refreshing - and many congrats!!

Amanda said...

Congratulations Jamie - I hope you have wonderful evening. A drop or three of prosecco will certainly make the evening sweet. I love a bellini and making it into a sorbet is a great idea for hot nights.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a scrumptious bellini sorbet Jamie. Just the right treat for the summer heat and the Prosecco makes it all that more special.

Congratulations on your 25th anniversary. I wish you many, many more years of happiness together.

Lisa said...

Happy 25th anniversary, Jamie! What a milestone to celebrate and what better way to celebrate it than by getting your new life ready, sanding machines or not :) I loved the story of your wedding so much, and I love this bellini peach abd persecco sorbet, so lovely, fresh and refreshing - sort of like your marriage, maybe? xoxoxo

Lisa said...

ARGH..I meant Prosecco. I'm such a ditz lol

DebbieK said...

Congrats to you and JP! Have a wonderful anniversary <3

Brian @ A Thought For Food said...

Congratulations darling! 25 YEARS! WOW! What a marvelous milestone!

Jamie said...

@Lisa: methinks you must have drunk too much Prosecco :-)

dervla @ The Curator said...

congratulations! What a lovely story and sentiment. Enjoy your anniversary.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

Congratulations to the both of you Jamie; that is quite the milestone and you two have certainly had quite the adventure.

You know I'm feeling just a bit verklempt. I try to woo you for a year with clever cocktails and all it took was one bottle of prosecco? If I had only known. :)

Lora said...

How inspiring and what an exquisite sorbet. Congratulations!

Mairi @ Toast said...

Congratulations on 25 years! And what a beautiful dessert to celebrate with :)

Rambling Tart said...

Absolutely love this line: "private jokes and easy comfort". :-) I love that feeling. I share it with my man as well and it makes me happy every day, gives me strength to weather that roller coaster you wrote of. :-) Happy Anniversary, Jamie! Wishing you much, much happiness in your new love nest. :-)

Minnie@thelady8home said...

What a sweet story :)) And so happy one that.

"And they lived happily ever after'....LOVED that line. Happily ever after has so many hues, shades, and sides to it. In a marriage full of love, ups are victories and downs are adventures. A marriage full of love is perfect, the happily ever after.

Congratulations on 25th, and wish you have many many many more to come.

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

You don't look old enough for 5 years of marriage,let alone 25 years. Congratulations - happy anniversary.

Cake Duchess said...

Thrilled for the two of you. Such an amazing really is. This sorbetto is fantastic. It is so perfect for hot summer days. xx

mlaiuppa said...

Congratulations. And to 25 more.

My parents celebrated their 59th anniversary last June.

My yours last even longer.

AmyRuth said...

Lovely regard for your love story. Thank you for sharing. Also....thank you for sharing a refreshing summertime delight. Happy Many More Years ahead and enjoy this new chapter. Its awfully exciting to begin anew.

shruti said...

congratulations for the new house & 25th anniversary jamie...wishing you lots of happiness :-)

Javelin Warrior said...

Happy (belated) Anniversary, Jamie! I feel quite chagrined showing up several days late to the party, but I really enjoyed this post. I love the pictures and the way you told the story of selecting the date - and how you so beautifully captured the complexities and harmony over the last 25 years. Congratulations and may there be MANY more years of celebration!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

My dearest Saucy you and JP are like a cute young couple forever happy and forever in love. Wishing you another 25 years together. Hugs to you both. Also wishing you all the very best with your new phase in life. Now this sorbet is so delightful and something I seriously need now. Thanks for joining the special mingle!

Terra said...

Here's to many more beautiful years, you sound like you are a very lucky woman:-) I love the treat you celebrated with! In Tucson, AZ at my favorite restaurant, there is a Bellini drink that will knock you on your feet....literally LOL! It is full of alcohol, BUT soooooo delicious....once I ordered two, but don't tell anyone:-) I truly hope you had a beautiful day, Hugs, Terra

Shulie said...

Congratulations on this milestone. It is so hard to find people who have been married as long as Jonathan and I. We should forma club.:) Yet again many of our friends are still so young so we need to give thema chance! :) Love this peach sorbet a perfect way to celebrate no need of diamonds at all.:)

OysterCulture said...

Congratulations on your anniversay, and 25 years sounds like a very lucky number indeed! I'll be making this sorbet and raising a spoon in your honor.

Priscilla | ShesCookin said...

A sparkling sorbet to celebrate new beginnings and 25 years together! Congratulations, Jamie! My husband and I will be celebrating 23 years later this month in our new home with sanding machines, too :)

Priscilla | ShesCookin said...

A sparkling sorbet to celebrate new beginnings and 25 years together! Congratulations, Jamie! My husband and I will be celebrating 23 years later this month in our new home with sanding machines, too :)

Jamie said...

@Priscilla/She's Cookin: Congratulation and I love knowing that you'll be celebrating as we did!

Jeanne said...

Twenty-five years - that's s serious achievement in this day and age :o) Congrats to you both and may there be many many more (and when is this ABBA-themed vow renewal anyway?!). The sorbet sounds like my kind of dessert - sweet & alcoholic (hic!). Thanks for joining this special Mingle not once but twice!

Paz said...

an enchanting-looking sorbet. happy anniversary!

Thorsten said...

This is gorgeous!


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