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Une soirée à la campagne

Ok, so Port Perry, Ontario is not even that far from Toronto but it truly feels like you are deep in the country. It’s so much more autumn-y there already – the air smells crisp and more leaves have started to turn. But probably too close to the city for it to be really called the country. For this city girl, it’s country enough!

Our good friends, Lynne and Ian, live there and we go to their house a couple of times a year for what is always a lavish meal, good wine and great company. Lynne is an excellent cook and made the bread for the BLT challenge. Of course, since it’s so far away, we stay the night there so that when you are about to fall into a food-induced coma, you literally just have to stumble up the stairs to bed.

Saturday night, we made our annual autumn pilgrimage to Port Perry and enjoyed another exceptional meal and some fun times (hi Wendy and Bob!). I mean, when you walk into the kitchen and the first thing you see is this:


you know you are in for a great meal. Can we have a close-up of the butter please?


On the stovetop, I spotted this:


and wondered “could it be… crêpes Suzette for dessert?” and tried not to get my hopes up…

Lynne always sets a lovely table:


and since we’ve all got a bit of British blood in us (Lynne by association), we started the evening with an old classic:


A wonderful baked brie:


Some onion jam:


and some spicy chili pepper jelly:


along with “just a bit” of hummus! LOL!


all spread on lovely olive oil brushed toasts:


All together now:


And oh,the meal… Sigh… Perfection on a plate!



Gratin “dauphinois” (umm, I could have just eaten the whole dish of this. Creamy, buttery yum).

Pan juices made the gravy:


and you know, you can never have too much butter:




Throughout the evening, wine and conversation flowed:


And cheeses were brought out to come to the right temperature:


Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, the dessert was being made in different stages. This was the inspiration:


(from the Williams Sonoma Desserts cookbook).

First the crêpes were made:

Then they sat for a little bit:

The filling was all ready to go:

A dollop in the centre:

And spread out:

All folded up and nowhere to go!



Then we reheated them in the big pot of yellow deliciousness above!



Then it was flambé time!


So, so good:


What was that I said about a food coma?


Thanks Ian and Lynne for another wonderful evening! Thankfully for our waistlines’ sakes, we don’t have many friends who can put on a spread like that but we certainly do enjoy our visits to you.

(Did you know??? ELTW is a finalist in the “Best New Blog” category at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Awards. After just shy of five months’ blogging and at just under 200 posts, I think it’s an impressive achievement if I do say so myself!!! Click here to vote for me!)

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28 Responses to Une soirée à la campagne

  1. Simply Life October 19, 2009 at 12:55 #

    Wow, this meal looks AMAZING! The crepes and cheese platters literally look like they're straight from a magazine!

  2. Natalie October 19, 2009 at 15:27 #

    Wow this looks like such a great meal!!

  3. Fresh Local and Best October 19, 2009 at 16:09 #

    This looks like an amazing dinner! I can't believe all the food (and butter)! All of these dishes are what I would love to have for Thanksgiving!

  4. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 19, 2009 at 16:11 #

    Simply Life – thanks – it was so beautiful!

    Natalie – yup!

    Fresh Local – actually I had pretty small serves of everything to make sure I tasted it all! For once I did not leave the table feeling like I ate too much! Unlike SOME people… And since we didn't have a proper Thanksgiving, this certainly made up for it!

  5. The Chickenless Chick October 19, 2009 at 17:27 #

    Totally agree that they should open a restaurant. One of those places where there's no menu, you just go in and sit down and trust that whatever comes out will be magnificent. How nice to have such talented and generous friends who share your passion for food!

  6. Mom in France October 19, 2009 at 18:44 #

    Wow…that is a lot of butter!

  7. penny aka jeroxie October 19, 2009 at 20:30 #

    What a lovely meal…I miss dinner parties. Have to do one after my kitchen reno!

  8. Anonymous October 19, 2009 at 20:56 #

    Thanks for the kind words Mardi. It truly is a pleasure to cook for people who enjoy food as much as you and Neil.

    Lynne

  9. The Best Family October 19, 2009 at 21:16 #

    what a lovely dinner! good food and good friends are the perfect combination. of course, a good babysitter is key as well if you're at our house . . . ;)

  10. Chow and Chatter October 19, 2009 at 22:06 #

    oh wow amazing food I have left an award for you on my blog love yours Rebecca

  11. Dawn October 19, 2009 at 22:16 #

    that all looks amazing! it's always fun to get together with friends to share amazing meals :)

  12. Barbara October 19, 2009 at 22:36 #

    What a fabulous meal! I could almost smell it cooking, course by course. Wonderful photos!

  13. Brie: Le Grand Fromage October 19, 2009 at 23:06 #

    WOW! that's one fabulous meal! are your friends available for hire? ;)

  14. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 20, 2009 at 00:22 #

    Chickenless – that's a great idea!

    Mom in France – That's why it tasted so good!

    Penny – I love a good dinner party!

    Lynne – thanks again – look at all these people impressed with your talent!!

    Best Family – we probably would have had roving reporter Charlotte filming the whole thing!!

    Rebecca – thanks!

    Dawn – the best!

    Barbara – thanks!

    Brie – I wish!!!

  15. Carolyn Jung October 20, 2009 at 00:48 #

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! What a feast. And with flames to boot. I'm envious.

  16. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 20, 2009 at 00:50 #

    Carolyn – Yes the flambéeing was very impressive!

  17. K a b l o o e y October 20, 2009 at 01:07 #

    Oh my GOD. Would they adopt me?

  18. April Cavin October 20, 2009 at 01:15 #

    Nothing better than great friends, great wine and great food! Looks like it was amazing evening–

  19. traveleatlove October 20, 2009 at 01:20 #

    I would eat in that restaurant! I would LOVE to have friends to cook and eat with like that!

  20. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 20, 2009 at 01:26 #

    Kablooey – probably!

    April – I agree!

    traveleatlove – I think they would have people queuing out the door if they did open a restaurant!

  21. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 20, 2009 at 01:31 #

    Yum. Amazing. Yum. I could not be trusted with that bowl of hummus, it would magically disappear before your very eyes.

    I aspire to someone one day also commenting that I set a lovely table!

  22. Cookin' Canuck October 20, 2009 at 03:47 #

    What a feast! And how wonderful to end the meal with crepes suzette.

  23. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 20, 2009 at 10:34 #

    Conor – LOL! The hummus was a HUGE bowl!!!

    Cookin Canuck – I agree!

  24. CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta October 20, 2009 at 16:13 #

    what an unbelievable meal! I'm glad you guys recovered :)

  25. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 21, 2009 at 01:15 #

    Rachel – it was. And fortunately we did. Moving slower the next day, for sure though…

  26. pegasuslegend October 22, 2009 at 20:09 #

    Congrats on winning the contest awesome job!

  27. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 22, 2009 at 23:20 #

    Pegasus – thanks!

  28. Neil C. Phillips October 23, 2009 at 10:55 #

    I was only resting my eyes, in preparation for the next morning's Scrabble challenge.

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