Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A long lunch

Good afternoon {or maybe morning} dear friends,

The days have been busy here and it is a wonderful time of the year,  gearing up to the Christmas period ahead.
We have had a full weekend and I have been meaning to sit down at the computer and write, so must get a post up today.

On Saturday, friends invited us to a long lunch at their home, so always lovely to be treated to a meal out. Our meal was wonderful - starting off with a platter of cheese, champagne and smoked salmon.
Delicious mushroom vol au vents was the starter, a lamb salad for the main dish, which was very good.

I made the dessert, a fruit flan ... Happiness on a plate, and we can kid ourselves that with the fruit it must be healthy - right?
Thinking about good food, making it,  eating it, makes for perfect happiness.

It has finally warmed up and almost feels like summer days are here. I have been busy out staining a fence with charcoal stain and it got very hot out. The garden is starting to look dry and will soon have to start watering the plants.
Be kind whenever possible 
It is always possible
~ Dalai Lama

I hope you are doing well and having a lovely week


  1. That flan looks AMAZING. I don't think I've ever had flan with fruit on it. It's usually plain but yummy that way. I think it may be even better with fruit.

    xo Azu

  2. Hello from Idaho, stop in from Biebkrienbels. That tart sure looks yummy. But I do like smoke salmon.
    If you fine the time stop in for a cup of coffee.

  3. Dearest Carolyn,
    Oscar Wilde was so right about the smallest act of kindness.
    What lovely photos you show from that special long lunch; love your dessert!

  4. Hello dear Carolyn!
    You had a very delicious meal and I admire your fruit tarte!
    Like in my beloved France!
    Here it is also very warm, snow has gone and with 17 degrees it's like springtime.
    Happy time with the preparation for Christmas!
    With love,

  5. Dearest Carolyn,
    what a wondeful cake, hmmm, yo yummi!
    Glad you had such a lovely weekend with friends!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week, already wednesday again ...
    Sending much Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xoxo

  6. The flan looks delicious, dear Carolyn! With all the fruit it can't be anything but healthy. ;) The starter and the main dish sound wonderful as well.
    Enjoy your summer days!

  7. Mmmmmmmmmmm, dearest Carolyn,

    the fruit flan looks so delicious! I’m glad to read that you had a good time with friends! My husband and I just came back from Namibia and so we have been in „summer“, too – but now we are back in Austria and winter is on the way…

    Wishing you happy times, my dear,


  8. Oh ,you are a master dear Carolyn, what a beautiful cake, you made for the dinner with your friends. The meal they served sounded so yummy, too. Love your roses blooming now, in your garden, while mine are all dead , until next spring .
    Have a lovely day dear friend.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  9. Dearest Carolyn,
    What a delicious dinner, and that fruit flan, I can only imagine. How yummy!!!
    I love your beautiful roses.
    Love and blessings,

  10. Hello, Carolyn! Oh my goodness, you are a master baker on top of it all. That flan looks too beautiful to eat! That wouldn't have stopped me, though. I would have happily gobbled it up. Bet it was delicious! And I love your kindness quotes. There can never be too many reminders. Hope you are having a beautiful week. xo

  11. Carolyn, Your luncheon sounds so yummy. I really like lamb and your flan ..oh goodness, it's so pretty! Enjoy the warm weather coming your way:)

  12. That flan looks amazing, darling!


  13. Nice selection! I wish you happy day! xx

  14. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....sound good!....happy weekend love Ria x ❤️

  15. That desert is calling my name, Carolyn. Well done.

  16. Your dessert is fantastic. That flan looks amazing
    Hugs Alessandra

  17. Such beautiful cake, dear Carolyn!!! And I bet it was very very yummy!!!
    Full spring/early summer days are my faves of all the year, enjoy this beautiful period, sweetie!

  18. Ooh, that fruits flan looks yum! I would love have loved to join you and have a spoon! Love your kindness reminders as always Carolyn, that's what makes this life good. Have a great weekend ~

  19. That fruit flan you made looks amazing, Carolyn. I really like the Oscar Wilde saying, and it's so true. So nice of your friends to invite you to lunch at their home. Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes, my dear. We had such a wonderful day.

    love, ~Sheri

  20. Your dessert looks amazing and it is lovely to see the roses I assume they are from your garden? Sarah x

  21. Thanks Sarah and yes, the roses are from my garden.


  22. Goodness that flan looks truly delicious ...

    All the best Jan


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