Monday, March 28, 2011
But if my friend Audrey is in the kitchen, it really is all about the food. Although her sparkling personality and sweet fiance Will don't hurt.
After a very trying week, it felt heavenly to slump down on her sofa and be handed a deliciously tart gin-passion fruit cocktail. (Note to Audrey: marry that man!) After Trader Joe's snacks and catch-up conversation, we adjourned about three steps over to their little dining table for kale salad and chicken potpies.
(Which are so on-trend right now! All the supermodels and skinny fashion editors are eating chicken potpie, don'tyouknow?)
Everyone has their own formula for chicken potpie, and Audrey's version was served in individual ramekins topped with a generous layer of puff pastry. Mixed in with the shredded chicken and veggies were little bits of smoky bacon, which was a happy surprise. I also have to tell you that champagne might be the perfect thing to drink with potpie. Thanks for enlightening/ruining me, Audrey! After all four of our ramekins were empty, we digested for a bit, then ended the meal with Meyer lemon bars made by Will. (This guy!)
The menu was comfort food in all senses of the word. But what made it even more special was the level of comfort in their home. When you're feeling low, there's nothing more restorative than being fed something warm and homemade, being handed a cool drink, sitting down at a thoughtfully-set table. Although my stomach was very full on our long walk home that night, I felt immensely lighter. Happier, even.