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Lynn Deasy is a freelance writer, author, foodie, and garden tinkerer. She lives in a 600 year old house in southern France with her husband, Christophe. Currently, she is looking for a literary agent for her memoir CA VA? STORIES FROM RURAL LIFE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE which examines the oddities of French provincial living from an outsider’s point of view through a series of adventures that provide more than a fair share of frustration, education, admiration, and blisters…. yes, lots and lots of blisters. Lynn blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes Friday.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday's Leftovers: Autumn’s Presence

In France, Sunday lunches are sacred.  They are a time for family and friends to gather together, put the work week on hold, and come back to the table to the things that inspire.  We participate in this ritual that allows us to spend time together and reflect upon our good fortune.  Growing up, my family also had our Sunday brunches, so coming back to this tradition is a welcomed addition to my weekend.  Monday’s Leftovers is a periodical series that recaps those moments, the lunches, and the memories that are left long after the dishes are done. 

Sautéed Salmon, Patisson-Eggplant-Tomato Lasagna, Tomato Confit

Literary overnight the weather changed from a scorching 95 degrees to blustery weather in the high 50s.  Autumn announced itself very profoundly and reminded us what waits just around the corner.  Grey clouds crammed the sky while 55 mile an hour winds whipped around.  We ventured very little outside.

Early September is normally the ideal moment of fall: cool nights, hot days, and harvest time.  This is late fall weather, not early September.  The calendar calls for daily garden tours and menus revolving around what is ripe, but the weather is screaming, “Turn the oven on and slow cook something with a heavy sauce”.  Lunch fell somewhere in the middle.  Christophe slow cooked fresh tomatoes and for the first time in months, we were happy to have the radiant heat from the oven.  The aperitif was sipped indoors, windows closed, and sweaters were dug out from the back of the armoire.  The temperatures are predicted to climb back to seasonal norms by the end of the week, but we were quickly reminded what lies ahead and why we should revel in the end of the summer while we still have it.

Entrée: Sautéed White Patisson, Eggplant, Toulouges Sweet Onions, on Napa Cabbage
Plat Principal: Salmon Filet with Fennel Sprouts, Vegetable Lasagna, and Tomato Confit

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