I haven’t had much time to blog lately as I’ve spent much of the Summer slaving over a hot stove (real punishment in 40°c of heat), producing food for an abundance of hungry guests. The latest ‘feast’ was a three-day party to celebrate my husband’s birthday (a big one – the birthday, not the husband ;-)).
I reached a rather random conclusion as a result of these preparations: hens are far more intuitive and intelligent than we are led to believe. Their relatively tiny heads are deceptive; during the week preceding The Birthday Party, while I was in full-blown production mode, our TWO hens managed to produce THREE eggs between them every single day. While I am convinced that this was a gesture of female solidarity, my husband claims it was their birthday present to him. As the French say ‘Chacun voit midi à sa porte’ (literally: ‘Everyone sees noon from their own front door’, or simplifed I suppose ‘To each his own’).
One of the things I made as a starter was this deliciously healthy and refreshing sardine pâté, which is full of anti-oxidants and omegas 3 and 9.
Ingredients (serves 8)
270g of bonelesss sardines (2 tins)
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
15 black olives, pitted
2 tablespoons of horseradish
2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
1 clove of garlic
1 red onion
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
black pepper and a pinch of salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Chill for at least two hours and serve with either French bread or raw vegetables (carrots, celery, fennel…)