And, another fine week it has been. Things are bustling at the Bistro. We are seeing more and more business groups and lots of larger gatherings for birthdays and other celebrations. Every lunch and dinner is busy and we are so happy to see everyone coming back in. I will have to say that we, all of the Brady team, are pooped at the end of the week. We run from the moment we walk through the doors until they are locked. Then, it is clean up and get the place back in order. No complaints by any means. Time flies when we’re having fun…
My garden is not producing much of anything other than rhubarb (which is done,) a few tomatoes and basil. There’s some spinach that is actually a vine variety and filling the rope trellises on the side of the barn. It is tasty but toothy. Not your store bought variety. I buy what I can from the Milford farmer’s market on Thursdays and on Sundays I make an effort to cook pretty veggie orientated so that I have options to be vegan on “Meatless” Mondays. So I grill veggies and make an awesome herb olive oil of basil, oregano, chives and marjoram to drizzle over them. A few slices garlic rubbed on grilled sourdough and a sprinkle of garbanzos will round out the dinner. I’ll roast some Michigan corn and try a recipe I saw recently that has corn off-the-cob, avocados, radishes, parsley, heirloom tomatoes and diced red onion. The dressing is a Lime Jalapeno Vinaigrette. Sounds good to me. Left overs are great tossed with rice noodles and tofu. The pups’ love, love, love hanging out in the yard. I have to give treats to get them to come inside. The big guys Z and Kos are doing great and I’m enjoying some good rides. We’re all happy campers.
Sunday, August 15 will be Julia Child’s 109th birthday. Julia introduced American cooks to the sometimes not-so-simple techniques of French cookery with her 1961 book Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I was fortunate to meet her at a food writer’s conference at the Greenbrier in the late 80’s. She was very approachable and kind. I carted all the books I owned written by her with me to have her sign, which she did graciously. Julia’s TV series, the French Chef, ran for 10 years and won the first Emmy award for an educational program. I, thanks to Tom’s diligence of recording VHS for me, have the luxury of watching it whenever I please. (Yes, I still have a combo vhs/dvd player in my workout area.)It was also the first to be captioned for the deaf. She won a Peabody, National book Award, Library of Congress Living Legend and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Oh, yes, one more, our chalk drawing of her eating a DJB Burger hanging in the Bistro!
Reflecting on her life she said “thinking back on it now reminds me that the pleasures of the table, and of life, are infinite – Bon Appetite!” Too Chez Julia!
Sharon’s on a well-deserved vacation so Max is in charge of the awesome-as-usual Chalkboard Features.
For a STARTER:
GREEK CALAMARI – Fried Rings and Tentacles Tossed with Spicy Sport Peppers, Feta and Fresh Tomatoes. Drizzled with Red Wine Vinaigrette.
BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE:
FLORIDA GROUPER- Sautéed with Prosciutto and White Wine Herb Sauce. Presented over Artichoke and Fontina Mashed Potatoes with Garlic Roasted Wedges of Michigan Zucchini;
MAHI MAHI- Pan Roasted and Basted with Lime Butter. Accompanied with Jerk Spiced White Rice and Black Beans, Mango Pineapple Salsa and Grilled Sweet Mini Peppers; Last, not Least,
TOMAHAWK PORK CHOP- 10 OZ. Frenched Pork Chop over Double Onion Sweet Potato Hash with Wilted Rainbow Swiss Chard and Finished with a Splash of Caraway, Apple Cider Vinaigrette. YUM!!!
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!!!
Mary, Maddie, Sofia, Z and Kos
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro