Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lunch with Old Friends

Last Tuesday we drove to Naples to visit our long-time friend Gil and his wife Joyce at their lovely winter home in Naples. Even Tara was invited.

A lovely setting for a delicious lunch
For lunch Joyce served crab salad on a croissant with a delicious green salad and then a special heart-shaped dessert in honour of Valentine's day. We were so busy catching up on each other’s news, (the last time we saw them was in Nova Scotia in May – they were our first official guests at the Adventure Bus.) that I forgot to take any pictures of the beautiful food or the lovely table setting. Also forgot to ask for recipes L.

After lunch Gil took us for a tour of the golf community where they live while Joyce doggy-sat Tara:
Hole #1 on the golf course
Then we headed back to pick up Tara, planning to take her to the dog beach in Bonita Springs on the way home. Joyce thought there might be one closer, at Marco Island but a quick check on the Ipad did not show any.
Tara says "hurry up Joyce, I know you will find one"
So we said our good-bys until they are in NS next summer and headed out. It wasn’t until we were in the car that we realized it was 3:30 and we had a 1 ½ hour drive home – so no beach for Tara that day.

Anyway, I think crab salad on a croissant is a great luncheon dish and I will be serving it to our next guests. The following recipe is mine, adapted from one from A Taste of Home. Would love to include the dessert as well Joyce J

Crab Salad on a Croissant

8 ounces crabmeat, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon dill weed
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 lettuce leaves
4 croissants, split

In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Serve on lettuce-lined croissants. Yield: 4 servings.

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