While everybody loves inviting friends or family over for a good meal and good conversation, it’s sometimes difficult in our busy lives to find the time and energy to plan, shop, cook, serve and clean for a dinner party. That’s precisely what Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery does for you, letting you focus on your guests. We are your personal chef and we entertaining easier and more fun.
Browse our pictures to give you a sense of what we do. Just remember, all our menus are custom!
Salads – appetizer or lunch
A salad of smoked duck breast, little leaves & blackberries from the garden Mache, sprouts, citruses & pears Winter rolls Just picked radishes A basket full of salad goodness Summer salad Salad of summer fruit & purslane Chevre-fleurs & mouse melons Melon Salad Salad of little leaves, herbs & flowers Grilled peach and local ham salad Pretty salad Watermelon salad June Salad Tomato salad; creme fraiche ice cream; cucumber sorbet
Soups, Tasty Soups
A mushroom soup Dressy golden gaspatcho Naked golden gaspatcho Chilled sorrel soup Barley & vegetable Parsnip soup
Savory tarts, grain and pasta
asparagus & morel tart A wheat berry salad with radishes & herbs White beans & mushroom salad Buttermilk corn bread Grits soufflé with roasted Hatch pepper sauce; buttermilk biscuits Another wheat berry salad w peas & mint Making raviolis Rye bread
A vegetarian June feast on the porch
Seared Scallops Bouillabaisse Tarragon salmon, shiitake, favas & asparagus Salmon, asparagus, forbidden black rice, pickled hakurei Roasted wild Alaska salmon filets Seared scallops, passion carrots Paella Curried lobster
Quail, preserved tomatoes and creamy polenta Heritage turkey roulade, braised chestnut & cipolinis, sweet potatoes Brunswick stew Grilling chicken
Cooking Chicken a la Basque Meat
Racks of lamb ready for the oven Pork Roast Brisket Lamb Barbacoa Grilled flank steaks, herb & caper sauce, and spring veggies Whole lamb roast
Searing rib-eye steaks
Blueberry mousse cake
Strawberry Mousse Fresh ginger cake with garden berries A bowl of blackberry sherbet June pavlova Almond chocolate cake with wine cranberry sorbet Strawberry trio Rhubarb ginger cobbler Almond chocolate cake Fresh ginger & sorghum cake, with ginger mascarpone cream Tricolor parfait Peach sorbet, poached peaches, blackberries Chestnut & chocolate buce de noel Ginger Bread Pudding Chocolate pudding Blackberry “jelly” Walnut carrot cake Petite rustic peach tart Roasted rhubarb cream cheese tart Basque cherry cake Mini Basque cherry cakes Beet & chocolate cakes Lemon ricotta tart with macerated fresh currants Individual rhubarb strawberry cobblers