Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Twin's Birthday, May Day At Pickity Place
We went deep into the woods of New Hampshire for our birthday on May Day and had a splendid time! The gardens were just starting with diminutive lime colored sprouts of leaves all neatly labeled with the promise of what they will become. The centuries old house where the illustrator of Little Red Riding Hood lived was the exact deep red colour of the buds just starting in the surrounding woods. The house is surrounded by the most jubilant tangle of forsythia, the floral embodiment of a giggle!! We found a frog wearing a crown in the garden and wondered if on a magical perfectly sunny, warm May Day twin birthday if all the magic would join together and with one kiss, VOILA! a Prince?!!!!
We feasted on French onion dip, sweet red pepper veloute with watercress, marinated asparagus salad, and spring chive onion bread. This was followed by beef au poivre over boursin crustini, and stirfry vegetables in garlic sauce. We finished the meal with coconut lime mousse with mango salsa! Each dish was as beautiful as it was tasty, served with edible herb decorations.
Even with all things felicitous working in our favor the statue did not magically become a prince! So we decided the next best thing would be to go shopping. We bought this wonderful primitive bee skep to decorate our garden.
We were pleased to see that the wolf was sound asleep in the bedroom, probably too full after the beef au poivre over boursin crustini to consider munching on any guests. And how ferocious can he be, if the cat has chosen to nap with him? Anyway, I always think that a mob cap softens the features...
We thought that this boy statue had the right idea, and after eating the five course luncheon that a nap in the myrtle might just be the perfect thing! When we left the restaurant, we were each given an herb packet as a birthday present. What could be better on your birthday than the gift of thyme?