Saturday, January 07, 2006
Last night, we had a gourmet dinner with four of our closest friends. Each couple were instructed to prepare three small dishes - I went with seven, but made mine REALLY small. So, we had 13 in total.
It was an absolute blast - delicious food, and extremely pleasant company. As a hostess, I had chosen things that could be prepared well in advance, and left the kitchen to the others who needed to heat and/or chill their things. I'll tell you more about my own dishes soon, and share pictures - but for now, here's the menu:
-Fried Halloumi with a Caper Lime dressing (borrowed from here.)
-Cherry Marys - cherry tomatoes injected with a vodka-tabasco mixture
-Crostini with aragula, raitziki and grilled lamb
-Chanterelle tartlets Lena and Nico)
-Grilled scallops and jumbo prawns with a citrus salsa (Tesse and Danne)
-Yellowfin Tuna Chichimi
-Soup with Monkfish, Halibut, garlic croutons and saffron aïoli (Tesse and Danne)
-Salmon soup with olive aïoli (Lena and Nico)
-Lemon ice cream - served in frozen lemons (Lena and Nico)
-Fleur de sel-caramels
-White chocolate mousse with strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries (Tesse and Danne)
As you can see, both visiting couples decided to prepare fish soups - it was really fun to compare and contrast, and marvel over how different two so similar dishes can taste. (And that's what we get for not organizing in more detail who gets to bring what.) We're definitely doing this type of dinner again - soon! - it's perfect for sharing lots of good food, and absolutely excellent if you have friends that are as happy to cook as you are.