Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Butterfly Rolls and Solstice Supper

I think that shaped bread is always more impressive. I also think it is a lot of fun to play with.   I like to make braided loaves a lot.  They even taste beautiful in my opinion.  I also like to make what I call "treble clef rolls" and cloverleaf pullaparts and all sorts of things.  Thus, I took our plan to have a Solstice Supper as a challenge.  What fun summer shapes could I make out of dough...?  I tried flowers, my initial thought, but they proved more complicated than I was interested in messing around with. 
Then I had a light bulb moment.  "What if I took the basic premise for the treble clef roll, but just slapped two of them together to make a butterfly?"    The large yellow butterflies (swallowtails?) have started lazily drifting around town lately so it seemed seasonally appropriate.  They are so large I keep thinking they are birds out of the corner of my eye.  Matt says he does, too. (Our eyes are fine tuned to alert at the slightest bird-like motion or shape apparently.)
Yours Truly, Josh, Derek , and Matt enjoying the food and friendship (and dodging mosquitoes) at our Summer Solstice Supper.  It was just as enjoyable a new tradition as I hoped it could be.  Derek and Josh are wonderful friends.
I forgot to take a photo until I eaten almost all of my butterfly, but oh well!  Kabobs rock.  Derek reminded me that their full name is shishkabobs.  I don't know why, but saying that makes me smile.  Its a funny sounding word.  I like it.  Whatever you call the, they are sure tasty.  These are yams, potato, pepper, onion, and tempeh.  We served them over couscous with homegrown spinach.  Hello summer!
 
I really treasure occasions like these.  That is my idea of a perfect evening (minus the mosquitoes of course!).  Preparing a home-cooked meal to share with dear friends, eating, laughing, and telling stories, drinking a local beer, enjoying the sunset and the bird song and the fade into twilight, and starting new traditions.  If that isn't nice, I don't know what is.

5 comments:

  1. Your Matt has an amazing beard. I like beards on men, my man has a beard and a pony tail, he is 53 years old now. But I think he'll hang on to them both. I can see him old and white with them still.
    looks like you are all having fun and what a great thing to celebrate. I look forward to the solstice and equinox. They help me know what to plant in the veg garden.
    cheers
    Dayla
    from Australia

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am fairly positive Matt will grow into a swell white beard someday too. He hates shaving and I like beards so that's a win, win.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Those rolls are so pretty! Unfortunately, the round part makes me want homemade cinnamon rolls right now. lol

    ReplyDelete
  4. Seeing your comment makes ME want to have cinnamon rolls! : )

    I promised Matt no baking tonight though as it is supposed to get over 100 degrees F here today and the house will be hot enough as it is!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas. I value the advice and friendship that you share with me!