Sounds depressing, but not really. These wedding cakes are quite honestly about to drive me crazy, though. I have a steadily growing list beside my computer of "things I want to do when my string of weddings is over this month." Get Symphony tickets, sew new dinner napkins, finally organize my spice jars, and all of the puttery Autumn treats at Brocante Home. Oh, please read them if you haven't! They are so decadent it's almost silly, which is perfect.
I wish I could show you what is simmering on my stove right now, but there is no light and the picture would barely turn out. But I will gladly tell you about it...and it's very special. Cocotte de Legumes Croquants...my favorite thing to prepare on a grey day like this one. Basically, one cooks a couple of chopped shallots in olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium-low heat until soft. Add a peeled and chopped apple and a pear and a bunch of chopped vegetables (I use carrots, leeks, green beans, butternut squash, and celery). Cook slowly with half a cup of water and the juice of one lemon for about an hour until the vegetables and fruit are tender. Season with sea salt and pepper and my goodness it's delicious. The recipe is from Mireille Guiliano, from French Women for all Seasons...which is a beautiful book.
So back to work.