What’s the Most Memorable Thing You’ve Eaten this Summer?

If there’s one season that’s all about food, it’s summer.  Barbecues, backyard parties, weddings and street fairs all get to make use of the freshest ingredients.  So what’s the most memorable thing you’ve eaten this summer?

Summertime is about eating things with a handle.  Corn on the cob, popsicles, ribs.  And in fact, a few years ago at my neighbourhood block party, corn on the cob ended up being the most memorable thing I ate the entire summer. It’s years later and I still remember that magical Mexican street corn. Which we all stood around and gushed over on a hot summer night on a Canadian street.  In fact it was so good I got the recipe.

It might not have been the BEST thing I ate all summer, or the most complicated or even the most delicious but … it was the most memorable.  I once at barnacles. Those were memorable too.  They looked very much like tiny penises.  

THIS summer my most memorable food came from an entirely different place. It wasn’t a rustic, street food blazing with heat and spices cooked in the middle of a drunken crowd. 

It was a tiny heritage chicken egg, dressed with tiny herbs and flower petals prepared by one of Canada’s top chefs, Jason Bangerter – in the middle of a drunken crowd.

My friend Murray got married this summer and his wedding was at Langdon Hall, a beautiful country – compound? That doesn’t seem right. It isn’t an estate. It’s a spa and hotel and I don’t know, a generally relaxing VENUE!  That’s it. I guess it’s a venue of sorts. The grounds include a huge vegetable garden the chef cooks from every night. As we were sipping wine and wandering around he was in the garden picking greens for the dinner.

 

I met him, liked him immediately and later, after eating his food, I fell madly in love.  I feel like I can now say I’ve eaten exceptional food.  Part of it was memorable because of the atmosphere, part of it was meeting the chef and seeing him in the garden and part of it was the visual presentation of it. But mostly?  Holy shit it tasted great. All of it.  

 

K, it’s hard to get a good shot of saucy peas, but trust me it was delicious. This was a tenderloin with a sauce, topped with pork belly that melted in your mouth. I don’t even LIKE pork and I had tears in my eyes eating this. Little singing angels danced across my tongue with every porky mouthful. One of the appetizers was a lamb lollipop chop.  It was one of the most delightful things ever to pass over my tongue. I hate lamb. That’s what an extraordinary chef can do. Make you love things you actually hate.

I guess I’m being a bit unfair to the rest of the dinner to say that the egg was the most memorable thing I ate all summer, but it is what sticks out in my mind the most for some reason. It’s what I’ll remember years from now.

That and french kissing a lollipop lamb chop.

Have you had a food revelation this summer?  Was it a potato salad? Fresh caught fish?  A reallyyyyy good bean dip?  It doesn’t have to be fancy, one of my most memorable meals EVER was a peanut buster parfait from Dairy Queen. You can read about the reasoning behind that in this post. 

Let me know. Lay it on me. Tell me everything.

What’s the most memorable thing (good or bad) you’ve eaten this summer.  Let the hilarity and inspiration begin!

Have a good weekend!

 

 

82 Comments

  1. Paula says:

    My husband laughs at my memorable moments with food but I’m just sorry that he doesn’t have them. Seafood Oscar at a little restaurant on Anna Maria Island 30 years ago. The fried green tomato with Remoulade sauce and a crab cake at my son’s wedding dinner. A Thai noodle dish that makes me tear up from the deliciousness and the spice. There are others. A lot of others. Some recipes that I find online and some from restaurants that I have to come home and figure out or go back again and again until I do. I love it!

  2. Cussot says:

    Shiso leaves – they were in my last CSA box. I’d never had Shiso before and now I can’t imagine life without them.

    • LisaG says:

      Grrr. I had shiso seeds and not one germinated this spring. Don’t remember where I got them either, so if anyone has a source next year, please Karen, do a post!

    • Ann Roberts says:

      I grew both red and green shiso a few years back. Were not at all impressed, in fact found it vile. Sorry about that.

      But our rabbits we raise for meat adore red shiso and ignore the green. The red reseeds itself freely in our garden now and we have some very happy rabbits, but I will never bother to eat it again

  3. Jen says:

    I went to Paris this summer for the first time and had oeufs a la neige, which, as a meringue and custard lover, was something I always wanted to eat. And it was all I hoped it would be. And I had it three more times.

    • Tina says:

      Oh, I have a great recipe, it’s super easy to make and looks like you’ve spent a lifetime on it. Let me know if you want the recipe.

      • Susan says:

        Hi Tina please post the recipe for oeufs a la neige. Thank you!

        • Tina says:

          Ouefs A La Neige (Snow Eggs)
          Makes about 8-10 servings

          3 cups milk
          1 cup heavy or whipping cream
          Sugar
          1 tsp vanilla
          6 eggs, room temp, separated
          1/4 tsp salt

          In a large, deep skillet, combine the milk, cream, and 6 Tbsp sugar. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

          In a large mixer bowl, beat egg whites and salt. Gradually add 6 Tbsp of sugar and beat until very stiff.

          Return milk to a simmer. With 2 large spoons, for egg whites into ovals and place a few at a time into the milk. Cook 30-45 seconds, carefully turn them over and cook another 30-45 seconds. It’s easiest to do this with fewer ovals in the skillet. I like the whites cooked more, rather than less. Transfer each of the ovals to a cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining egg whites and then strain remaining milk.

          In a medium saucepan, whisk the yolks until light and lemon colored. Slowly beat in the hot, strained milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and pour into desired serving dishes. You can serve these individually in small dishes or in a large, shallow dish. Cover and cool. Gently float the meringues on the custard.

          In a smaller saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Cook over medium heat until amber colored. Do not burn! Cook about 3 minutes until the caramel falls from the spoon in threads. Drizzle the caramel in thin threads over the meringues.

          Cover and keep cool until ready to serve but do not refrigerate.

          This makes an impressive and tasty dessert but is really very simple.

    • Tina says:

      My DIL planted ground cherries this year that were so prolific and sweet! I nibble on a handful each night!

  4. Suze Belyea says:

    I had major surgery this summer. Not fun. So for me the most memorable thing I’ve eaten this summer was the pink popsicle they gave me after I got into a hospital room post-recovery. I hadn’t eaten in 36 hours at that point, and it was so sweet and cold and hydrating I almost cried. The Nurse who offered it to me remains an angel in my mind. I’m all recovered now, and can eat all my fave foods, including the marvellous tomato soup posted yesterday, but that popsicle? Ambrosia!

  5. Ina says:

    The black forest cake with fresh cherries which I made for my twin grandsons’ birthday!

  6. lpc says:

    cold seedless watermelon, the sweetest ever!

  7. Eileen says:

    I don’t know about hilarity, but during this summer of endless hot and execrably humid days, my favorite cool-down-feel-better food has been watermelon: doused with fresh lime juice, sprinkled with some chopped fresh jalapeño, and a goodly amount of sea salt. So amazing. Bonus points if there’s tequila in the house and the juice at the bottom of the bowl gets mixed with a shot over ice….

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Omg there’s an uncut watermelon sitting on my kitchen counter right now…. gotta get me some reposado? añejo?

      • Eileen says:

        Save the aged and fancy ones for drinking straight. I just use plain blanco for mixing. BTW: cut up a jalapeno and let it steep in a bottle of inexpensive tequila for 12 – 36 hrs (depending on heat of jalapeno and desired heat level of tequila). Spicy tequila is amazing in margaritas or bloody marias. Or even just as shots with lime and salt….

    • Sandra Lea says:

      I never thought to eat watermelon that way, I have to try this. Oh and I have a few bottles of tequila in the house, I never am without.

  8. Erin says:

    Unfortunately, that would have to be my foot!

  9. Sandra Stevenson says:

    The most memorable thing that I have eaten this summer was a scrumptiously elegant dessert at the Heron Rock Bistro in Victoria, B.C. It was a bread pudding made with an almond liqueur, earl grey tea and orange and topped with homemade blueberry ice cream and a light caramellized sauce……delish!

  10. Sandra Stevenson says:

    The most memorable thing that I ate this summer was a bread pudding made with an almond liqueur, Earl Grey tea and orange topped with homemade blueberry ice cream and drizzled with a light caramel sauce. Fantastic!

    This was served at the Heron Rock Cafe in Victoria, B.C. Great eatery!

  11. RJ says:

    Funny you should ask/mention: finally I had Mexican street corn aka elote’ (I think) and wow am I looking forward to having it again.
    The person sitting next to me struck up a conversation, and I offered him half (arrived cut in half by my request.) Happily he passed. Once tasted, I definitely wanted to eat a whole one– it is so yum. I’d thought of making it, and decided to to try it at Diego’s first. What a YUM!!
    RJ

  12. Dd51 says:

    Fresh caught shrimp, deep fried at Virginia Beach VA. ‘curly “ dukes with a dash of salt, sprinkle of salt, and a drizzle of the vinegar of your choice. Fresh corn-on-The-cob, cooked in an instant pot

  13. SuzNKton says:

    This place in Ottawa.
    Choclats favouris.
    Soft serve ice cream dipped in your choice of Belgian chocolate.
    Totally decadent.

    • Melissa says:

      I was just thinking of their maple soft serve dipped in chocolate – a glorious, delicious mess! Had it two summers ago on the last day of a trip toVictoria, after watching people walk around with these cones for days. Hard to know how many I might have gone back for if I’d had it on the first day…

  14. Elizabeth Kays says:

    Presented as a starter on the table instead of bread was a small dish of extraordinary Green Goddess dressing. One had to pluck tiny vegetables-onion, radish, lettuce and more from the green stuff on which was sprinkled kalamata olive powder, as if one was eating from the soil!
    This was at a restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina this summer. Yes, memorable!

  15. Lin N says:

    This summer?…hmmm I make this simple watermelon salad that is just so darn refreshing, mmmmm good. I’ve been known to eat a big bowl of it for a late dinner. Fresh Basil, cubed watermelon, sliced black olives, a dash of fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, Costco unpasteurized crumbled goat cheese and pumpkin seeds. The memory of the most fabulous thing I have eaten has to be a house made Limoncello sorbet ice cream I had in the town of Amalfi in Italy. It was such a rich hit of bright lemon, it was absolutely amaaazing!

  16. Anne says:

    Cuban sandwiches I’d been craving made with two year old pickles from my own home grown cucumbers.
    Ham, chopped pork, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles; grilled in a frying pan with butter on those super thin sandwich buns.
    It’s neck and neck with a carbohydrate blowout from a restaurant including macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet cheesy biscuits, southern style chopped barbeque pork (no sauce) and finished off with a large banana pudding and whipped cream. Oh, and a glass of sweet tea. Not a green leafy anything and I’m still here to tell about it.
    The doggie bag pork I took home was the inspiration for the Cuban sandwiches the next day.

  17. Suzanne Reith says:

    That first home grown, sun warmed tomato of the summer. It always is.

  18. Vikki says:

    Not this summer (it’s been a boring one), but when I was younger we would pack some watermelon and a crate of unhusked corn and go to the beach. All afternoon, that corn and watermelon would float around in the ocean (tethered, of course). Come sundown, we would cut open the watermelon, grill the wet corn in its husks on the coals of a bonfire, pass around a stick of butter for the corn, and wallow in our food. Simple, but what good memories.

  19. Fidalgoisland says:

    Hay ice cream. ’nuff said. (The Inn at Langley, WA)

  20. Heather says:

    After a long day helping with the demolition of the inside of an old farm house, we ate the most delicious Greek roast chicken. Recipe on Heather Christo’s blog.

  21. Sarah Padron says:

    New England style clam chowder freshly made by yours truly! It’s was delicious hearty and fun. Also, Greek cheesecake that I made fresh as well. I don’t like cheesecake very much but I loved the one I made! I got the recipe from Akis’ kitchen on YouTube! It’s
    awesome

  22. Emily says:

    Butcher’s Melt at Husk Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina…smoked brisket, ham and chicken with collards and cheddar cheese. Too bad I’d ordered the fried chicken, which was great, but not quite as amazing as the Butcher’s Melt my husband got and let me try. Also the pork belly special at The Obstinate Daughter, on Sullivan’s Island near Charleston. Really, everything we ate while vacationing in Charleston. The town is big on farm to table and each restaurant is competing with the others to do it best. At one place we asked for ice cream on the pecan pie, and were told they can’t serve ice cream because they don’t have a freezer. That’s fresh!
    Karen, thanks for publishing the Indian street corn recipe last year…it is one of our favorites among many favorites.

  23. Emily (again) says:

    Not this summer, but last winter, we were in Korea and got treated to a very posh very special dinner by the big boss of the Asia division of where my husband works. I’ve hosted many dinners here in the States for visiting Korean coworkers and clients, so the big boss wanted to honor me especially and rented a private dining room for just the three of us, he also ordered the meal which lasted for hours, every time he pressed a button, more food was delivered to the table. I didn’t even know eating abalone was a thing, I thought they were just used for their shells. Three abalone were brought out per person and my husband tried it first and said, “Ooh, it tastes like the ocean.” It did too, like the ocean when you are body surfing, wipe out and get a mouthful of saltwater and sand. Only more chewy. There was a lot of smiling and nodding going on while I desperately tried to remember if I had any antihistamine in my purse in case of an allergic reaction. Definitely memorable.

  24. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Patatas Bravas, a Spanish tapas of small roasted chunks of potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce, lime crema and cilantro washed down with Negra Modelo @ Burro, a taco spot in Burlington Ontario.
    And I too have enjoyed the food and ambiance of Langdon Hall (even stayed overnight for our 18th wedding anniversary in a previous century). It is truly a lovely place!

  25. Jennifer Van Noland says:

    vanilla ice cream topped with goober grape

  26. PMMK says:

    Two scoops of ice cream, yesterday, at Tomboi Homemade Ice Cream in Paisley, Ontario. I can’t decide which I liked better, Lemon 3 (lemon, lemon zest and cardamom) dazzling lemon flavour, or Chester’s Rhubarb with Raspberries and Cloves which tasted like Christmas cake without the bother of the cake. The menu changes daily. It’s a one-hour drive to get there from here but I will l do it again for another taste. Maybe even take the Big Fella with me.

    • Phyllis krawmee says:

      Curious as to what place is this that makes such a glorious combo.. I’ll be stopping on my way home on Tuesday!!

  27. Helen Whaley says:

    This is easy – barbeque ribs made in my new Instant Pot. Absolutely melt-in-the-mouth tender and tasty. I don’t know why I resisted getting an IP for so long!

  28. Jennifer says:

    No hilarious comment here, food is serious stuff!

    Every year, Fresno (in central California) waits in eager anticipation for Fresno State sweet corn to come into season. Lines form at the University farm store. Local restaurants make dishes using it. That leads me to… Angliotti, with the aforementioned sweet corn inside. It has a light creamy, cheesy sauce. I tasted this ambrosia at a new organic restaurant, Heiritage. Mmmmmmm…

  29. M'liss says:

    Mine would be a simple yet perfect Quiche Lorraine; buttery flaky crust, melt in your mouth silken custard. I first had it at a local upscale french restaurant & later followed a recipe which recreated it almost perfectly. Not quick, or easy, this one will remain a special occasion treat.

  30. Mike Flegle says:

    The most memorable (in a good way), was a grilled sandwich made with fresh sourdough bread, spicy peanut butter, and strawberry jam. That entered my pie hole two hours ago.

    The most memorable (in a bad way), was a gigantic bug that flew into my pie hole while I was cycling this morning.

  31. Cathy Huber says:

    A “boob” tomato from a local farm. I love tomatoes and they only taste like this at this time of the year. This local farm (Gmach) has produced an ingenious variety, they crossed a “beefsteak” variety with a “Roma”. The resulting shape is that of a boob. It has that meaty texture of the beefsteak, without the ripples or compartments and the firmness and fewer seeds like the Roma. Perfection.
    I made a simple salad with sliced tomato, salt& pepper, fresh basil and a sprinkling of feta. Topped it with a lovely aged balsamic and olive oil. So good!

  32. Carole Crate says:

    Fresh oyster mushrooms sautéed in a bit of sesame oil.

  33. Karen Hamilton says:

    A series of lovely cling peaches eaten over the kitchen sink just before bed

  34. M'liss says:

    First juicy peach of the season and a simple yet perfect Quiche Lorraine; buttery flaky crust, melt in your mouth silken custard. I first had it at a local upscale french restaurant & later followed a recipe which recreated it almost perfectly. Not quick, or easy, this one will remain a special occasion treat.

  35. Christine Hilton says:

    Mindy’s rhubarb dessert is still wowing the crowds.l like to call her asshat Mindy because l will eat it until l have gained 5 pounds.

  36. Lynne says:

    That first lovely vine ripened tomato from our garden with nothing but a light sprinkling of Maldon salt is hands down the best taste of summer for me this year. So simple but so so good! I’m salivating just thinking about it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 😂

  37. Marcia says:

    French Flan on our Rhine River cruise. So different from the Mexican Flan I’m used to (and don’t like) here in Arizona. I immediately tried to find a recipe when we got home. First attempt, not that great. Second attempt when I just filled the Pate Brisee with my easy creme brulee …heaven.

  38. Anne says:

    It’s a toss up between a super high carb blowout which consisted of macaroni & cheese, sweet cheesy biscuits, mashed potatoes with gravy, chopped BBQ pork, and finished off with a large banana pudding with whipped cream and sweet tea. Not a green thing in sight and I survived it all.
    Next morning, I used the rest of the chopped pork to make a Cuban sandwich I’d been craving. Ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on those sandwich thin bread rounds and grilled in a frying pan with butter.

  39. KATHLEEN HARTZELL says:

    Nectarines fresh from our neighbor’s tree. I never even knew he had a nectarine tree!
    Store bought can’t compete!

  40. Dana says:

    Corn the cob, slathered in mayo, rolled in parmigiano reggiano, sprinkled heavily with tajín, and lime juice.

  41. Jenny W says:

    It’s been a pretty quiet summer this year, and the most flavourful thing I’ve had in my mouth was an excellent Jalapeno Margharita 🙂
    Last summer we travelled to Newfoundland and the food!!!
    The Cod Tongue was my absolute favourite food of that summer. Like clams on steroids!

  42. Sarah McDonnell says:

    tiny baby potatoes, just tilled out of the garden. They taste best as soon as taken out of the dirt and us younger children in the family would chase the tractor like dogs after squirrels to catch the smallest spuds that were kicked out of the mountain humus, dirt and all, before an adult caught us and made us spit them out. We were sort of feral maybe. Second best was the same potatoes, scrubbed, seared with fresh green beans and a plot of home-clabbered butter. Even the fellas in the family could make a meal out of this without complaining for the lack of meat.

  43. Gorgonzola mousse at Chima Steakhouse. Fascinating & delicious.

  44. Kristin says:

    Mom’s tart cherry pie.
    But I have to tell you, I clicked through the link to see if you ate a brussel sprout and liked it! 😉

  45. Dana says:

    Warm fresh homemade ricotta cheese right out of the strainer. I’ve never loved ricotta before I figured out how to make it this summer. So easy and better than the stuff at the grocery.

  46. Jody says:

    I make cajun shrimp and lemon linquine every summer long weekend and have done so for the past 23 years. Every long weekend. Every year. Without fail. Even making it 92 times I have no memory for the marinade. The recipe isfrom Susan Branch Summer book.

  47. Martina says:

    I would go to my friends grandparents farm in rural Alberta and each evening before bed we would get fresh peaches and fresh from the cow, cream!! Absolutely amazing and not a taste that I’ve ever been able to replicate…sadly…

  48. Gwen Bosben says:

    I made Lowcountry Boil, except grilled it all. Little red potatoes, corn on the cob, shrimp and kielbasa. Amazing. The appetizer was fig jam with Pleasant Ridge Reserve Cheese on baguette. Dessert was grilled peach halves with vanilla bean ice cream. Damn, now I’m hungry again.

  49. Nancy says:

    I made a giant pot of gazpacho and ate it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late night snack (for 3 days). My favorite summer food.

  50. Janice says:

    I just finished eating my way through an Alaskan cruise. By far, what has stayed on my mind, and my rear end, is Osso Buco. I had never had it before. I had no idea what to expect. My tastebuds were blown away. So much yum!!!

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