Sunday, February 12, 2012


Today I’m having a little luncheon for my friend Ellen’s birthday. 

Here’s my menu (one of the guests is vegetarian):

Endive Salad with Meyer Lemon, Fava Beans and Oil-Cured Olives
Beets and Tangerines with Mint and Orange-Flower Water
Orecchiette with Cauliflower, Cavalo Nero, Currants and Pine Nuts (this includes a sub-recipe of Currant and Pine Nut Relish)
Olive Oil Cake with Crème Fraiche and Candied Tangerines

These are all courtesy of  Sunday Suppers at Lucques (Lucques being a fab L.A. restaurant run by chef Suzanne Goin).

This morning I sat quietly for an hour in the dark,  looking forward to the preparations, to my guests, to the laughs.

Saturday the Gospel reading was the miracle of the loaves and fishes [Mark 8:1-10]. "Still, he asked them, 'How many loaves to you have?'"...

Implicit but not mentioned is that along with the four thousand, the disciples and Christ had their fill as well, with some left over. There's food and then there's food. And when we feed others, we get fed, too.


  1. I love this, Heather. I really do. I so I wish I could be there to help you celebrate Ellen too. Another year.


  2. That was Ellen's one request--I said "Who else do you want me to ask?" and she said, "Could you fly Kerry home from Alabama?"....wish you could be here, too, but there will be an invisible place laid at the table for you WITH LOVE...

  3. This was lovely and I needed it today; I'm hosting three (!) dinners this week, and you've given me a beautiful way to think about them.

  4. Heather, thank you -- this is beautiful. I'm hosting three (!) dinners this week and really needed it. What a gift your work is.

  5. "we all get fed" Yes. A possible connection with that in being people-present.


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