The meal began with a flavorful meal of grilled, boneless chicken-breasts, grilled with herbed oil and finished with a homemade honey glaze. A sweet and savory salsa of pineapple, avocado, green onions, tomatoes, citrus and fresh herbs was a delightful addition. Served with fresh asparagus and, a personal favorite, herbed patties of potato, rice and cheese (sort of flat arancini), the meal was a big hit with everyone. Bertie very much enjoyed his portion of the grilled chicken, but passed on the salsa as onions and doggies aren't the best of friends.
What followed was a new treat to our family. My mother prepared beautiful shortcake biscuits from scratch and two lovely compotes: one of fresh blueberries, and one of luscious strawberries and a glorious bowl of stiffly-whipped cream. We were allowed to build our own berry shortcakes in any configuration we desired, and I must say, I delighted in doing so. This is a great family activity, and, one with delicious results.