Growing up with my grandfather, who was part German, I became cultured on the finesses of good German meat at an early age. It wasn't until I was in my twenties, living away from home, that I realized anything purchased at the grocery store didn't pass muster with my early honed taste buds. Only the good stuff that came from his house was worth salivating for. So while we're all still adjusting to our first summer without him here for a delicious barbeque, we can still relive those memories of summer dinners past. The butcher shop he frequented for more than forty years is still in business and much to my delight, my brother stopped in there on his way to the old farmhouse for a family celebration recently, bringing with him some good old German goodness.
The next night we cooked up what, as a child, was my favourite summer dinner. And you know what? It's still as good as it was then, except now, it is simply a delight to eat what is fresh, in season and all supplied locally. Even the sausage, while it may not be from a supplier down the road, still easily falls within the 100 mile diet rule.
Local corn on the cob, new potatoes, German frying sausage and swiss chard straight from our garden. A simple and simply delicious summer meal. And since my mom is sure to read this, I'll be honest, swiss chard was not on the menu when I was a kid. Well, it might have been but I wouldn't have touched it with a chopstick. Can I have an Amen for mature taste buds please?
Once we were finished and replete with fresh goodness, the Artist declared he could certainly see why this was my favourite summer meal. But I'm fairly certain, he had an addition with his that wasn't on the menu when he was a kid either.
What's your favourite summer meal?