Spring’s bounty & Pablo’s weekly menu

I am posting our week’s menu a bit late because of Monday’s post for a good cause. And given its content, I have been especially grateful recently, for all the beauty and bounty Spring has brought us.

Today Pablo shelled fresh peas with his grandmother, eating five and putting one pea in the bowl for every pod. He tried to peel an onion. He tasted a radish and found it spicy. He kept munching on it anyway. He said, “Happy radis”. I guess Pablo thinks radishes are a happy food. And he’s become quite the radish connoisseur, from French radishes to watermelon radish to black radish.

His table vocabulary has expanded lately, and we hear a whole lot of “Mm, bon” (Yum, good) at the table. He’s starting to know his foods, to have his idiosyncrasies. He likes to drink soup from the bowl, to dip his bread in vinaigrette, to drizzle that vinaigrette over his asparagus, to sprinkle the sugar over his plain yogurt. He’s creating his rituals.

Is there anything warmer to a mother’s heart? Not just that he appreciates what we cook for him, but also that these positive associations will hopefully remain an integral part of his childhood. There’s such a tight bond between food, family and childhood.

Life is full of messiness. Well, mine is anyway. Things undone, piled up. Unresolved and pending. There’s tiredness and juggling, sadness and worry. But then, there’s joy. Tonight, I was able to put all those things aside for the time of a meal, a spring meal in the growing evening light, of young peas and onions and carrots and herbs, all to the tune of “Happy holidays”, because Pablo is obsessed with that song and asks to listen to it every night at dinnertime. I just realized, writing this, how appropriate it is: mealtimes are happy holidays for us, from the drearier parts of life.

Tonight, there was laughter and joy at the table. Youth, felt by all generations.

Immensely blessed and grateful for that.

Turkey eggs, we tried for the first time this week. 

On to the week’s menu.

Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert. Rotation this week: Roquefort, Port Salut (cow cheese), Goat brie, truffle Italian cheese.

Desserts: At lunch, I offer a fruit yogurt (or plain yogurt with fresh fruit), but at night, I prefer sticking to plain yogurt (regular homemade* whole milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk and Greek yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime.

If you would like a particular recipe on the menu, feel free to contact me! (I marked with a * the recipes that will be the topic of upcoming posts).

MONDAY

Lunch – OUT at Le Pain Quotidien (great kids menu with ham cheese tartine, cucumber and carrots with dill aioli, cup of fruit, along with gazpacho and avocado shared with mom.)

Goûter (4pm snack) – Chocolate pudding, kiwi

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger FoodsGrated carrots French-style, watermelon radish

Main courseChicken basquaise

TUESDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Sauteed red chards, orange, goat cheese salad inspired by Vanilla Bean

Main course: Leftover Chicken basquaise over buttermilk quinoa

Goûter – Apple-strawberry compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Oysters on the half shell

Main course: Turkey eggs sunny side up, sauteed brown beech mushrooms with garlic & rosemary, flageolets beans French-style

WEDNESDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Green asparagus with vinaigrette, saucisson

Main course: Smoked salmon, avocado, quinoa

Goûter – Banana-peach compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger FoodsSpring pea salad, French radishes

Main course: Pan fried lamb chops with vegetable jardinière (using green garlic, baby turnips and fresh peas!)

THURSDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Green beans, potato, spring onion (from my friend’s garden) & feta salad

Main course: Steak tartare (you know, the raw meat stuff) with butter lettuce in tarragon pesto dressing from Food Loves Writing

Goûter – Pear-blueberry compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Pea, edamame, mint soup fromGourmande in the kitchen

Main course: Dover sole fillets with micro-radish potato puree



FRIDAY



Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Sauteed French radishes and fava beans, another recipe from Gourmande in the kitchen !

Main course: Shrimp with lime over coconut rice

Goûter – Muscat grapes

Dinner – OUT (I’m afraid I’m getting a year older hopefully wiser…)

SATURDAY

Lunch – OUT

Goûter – Apple

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Watercress sorrel soup

Main course: Mustard pork tenderloin with blue potatoes

SUNDAY

Lunch – OUT

Goûter – Mango compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Endive, almond, blue cheese salad

Main course: Ham, vegetable noodles

4 thoughts on “Spring’s bounty & Pablo’s weekly menu

  1. Pablo is such a happy and healthy eater! I want to be your child so I get to eat your delicious food. I'll help prepping for meals and be a good sister to Pablo. 🙂

    1. Lol Nami 🙂 We should plan on cooking a meal together in the not too distant future, Japanese-French fusion, I have a very good feeling about it 🙂

    2. I kinda fell off the 3 course foodie wagon this month. I dealt with my twins boys back to back stomach virus for the first two weeks in April…it wasn't pretty!! Neither was the cuisine: saltines, chicken broth, rice and applesauce & bannanas(if they could keep it down!). My 18 month old dodged that bullet(PHEW!). I was wiped out!!

      Today's blog had rebooted my inspiration. It also had me relating, about the chaos, the juggling, the messiness and the joy of things Since starting the Foodie adventure about 5 months ago, I see how it has affected my kids. My 18 month girl will pretty much eat anything! YAY! As for the six year old twins, it's hit & miss, BUT…they have grown so accustomed to my 3 to 4 course routine! They ask how many courses will today's dinner be, they crowd up to my written menu, curious to read it. They request the cheese tray course(a once a week treat). They boys actually CRIED one day this week, because I explained to them that I couldn't serve them asparagus that day! ASPARAGUS?!? I was floored!! They all gobbled it up happily the next day.

      Thanks to you, I never look at a food and think:"my kids won't eat that!" I present things with pomp and circumstance; either they like it or they don't. If they don't,. maybe next time!!

      Thanks!!

      Faithful reader, Ericka

    3. Oh Ericka, your comment and kind kind words just warmed my heart on this somewhat dreary Monday morning. What an awesome success story! I love the image of your little one crowding around the menu to find out what they're going to eat! And the asparagus tantrum is every mother's dream 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and write.

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