Summer, surely no other single word in the English language can instantaneously conjure a more beautiful and serene feeling in all our hearts. I fondly remember the lilac scented parks we peopled as small children, where we created magical worlds from the dirt and grass. That square mile of our neighborhood, never fully discovered nor charted, yet it held our limitless kingdom radiantly colored by the golden sun. I remember my purple stained fingers from picking too many ripe mulberries from the old tree. Summertime was the season to rejoice in it’s sweet abundance of berries and fruits.
This dish was created to recapture that innocent feeling of Summer’s youth, made with rich, creamy home spun lemon verbena ice cream and beautiful berries and cherries we got from the Portland Farmer’s market held every Saturday, March 15 through December 20. Enjoy Summer on a plate! —Francois de Melogue