Saturday, July 4, 2009
I am just getting used to the quiet after having my daughter Aja and her lad Robert here for two weeks. They have moved to Toronto via Dublin and came to spend the last few weeks of June here while they waited for their apartment to be vacated. There was much fun and exploring to be had such as our trip out to Parkinson Creek on the Jaun De Fuca trail west of here. The day was a bit drizzly but turned out rather sunny in the end especially after our big harvest of mussels from the shore. When it was finally time to leave, Robert was as hard to get away from the beach as the mussels that we just plucked from the rocks...like a kid in a candy store...happy as a clam...or should I say mussel! Anyway much scrubbing and steaming later, with a gorgeous white wine tarragon sauce, new potatoes and salad from the garden, the feast began...a successful 50 mile diet dinner...You gotta love the summer with its abundance of free food, good wine, friends, family and of course good wine to move it all along...To top off the incredible edibles I also found a tiny pearl in one of the mussels...apparently one in ten thousand...and me the lucky girl to find it!