One of the things we enjoy doing during the summer is meet with our friends at the La Jolla Cove and have a picnic. There are usually 3 couples who would meet on a weekday at 5 pm. We bring our own picnic “dinner”, share and watch the sunset while we enjoy a couple of glasses of wine. This week, the wives were busy. The husbands decided to get together anyway but instead of going to La Jolla Cove, they met at our house. I quickly put together a small snack (I hear my husband snickering in the background because there is no such thing as a “small snack” in our household.) for the boys. I thought it would be simplest to put together the fixings for a raclette, let them “cook” their dinner so I could continue messing around in my kitchen while they sat at the balcony and try to solve the problems of the world.
I prepared three different kinds of cheeses for the raclette: monterey jack, colby and swiss. They may not be the best choices for a real raclette but we like their flavors for an outdoor summer dinner.
One of the husbands brought a delicious potato salad courtesy of the wife, which went very well with the simple green salad I prepared. As side dishes, I had a plate of honey roasted turkey breast, black forest ham, boiled baby red potatoes, pickled gerkins and slices of homemade baguette.
I sat with them to have a plate of salad and help start the “cooking” of the cheese. Since there were only 4 of us, we were able to use 2 raclette pans each, cutting the waiting time for the next dish. When the boys got going with the cooking, I took Nikita for a short walk and left them alone, returning to check if they needed anything else. The weather was cool and breezy, making for a really relaxing and enjoyable evening.
Next time, we’ll make sure the wives are with us and we’ll do an Asian version with grilled shrimp, skewered chicken and rice as sides.