This summer, as my friends and family in the US suffer under the heat wave, I find myself living in the country which summer forgot. Actually, summer seems to have forgotten about most of central Europe this year because we have been having freakishly cool and rainy weather. I can’t work out all the Celsius to Fahrenheit conversions in my head at the moment, so I’ll describe the ‘summer’ we’ve been having through my wardrobe. Most mornings I leave the house with a sweater or jacket and a scarf. Yes, it is almost August and I am still wearing a scarf on a daily basis.
But last week a strange thing happened, the weatherman started to predict an improvement. At first, most of us just ignored him. He has cruelly raised and dashed our hopes before. But day after day he kept insisting that clearer skies lay ahead, and slowly my hopes started to raise anew. So on Saturday morning, it was in this hopeful and optimistic sate, in the absolute pouring rain, scarf tied firmly around my neck, that I headed to the grocery store to buy fixins for grilling out. As the rain-soaked into my shoes I was having a very hard time holding onto my hope, but I trusted that weatherman darn it and thank heavens, he did not let me down.
Yes, I am happy to report that this past Sunday, the sun finally came out to play. My husband and I headed outside, blinked confusedly at the strange glowing object in the sky, slowly unwound our scarfs, and proceeded to enjoy a real summer day.
Generally when we grill with friends, everyone brings a side of some sort to share with the group. This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Lemon Barley Pilaf, could not have been timelier. I decided to go with Dorie’s Bonne Idee and added some peas, chicken and mint coulis. Very tasty. Next time I will probably leave out the chicken, but I thought that the mint coulis was wonderful and really added a nice flavor to the dish.
In all the excitement of actually being outside without several layers on, I rather neglected my picture taking responsibilities. But I did manage to get one rather hurried photo. I was too hungry to bother with more:-)