Ever had your day all planned out only to have cash thrown at you and be told you need to make dinner a littler more special tonight? Well, there is a lot more context that belongs in this story but it’s funnier without it so I’m going to stretch the truth with you knowledge (That’s not lying is it?) and tell you that’s exactly what happened to me. At 11:30am. Guests will start arriving at 4pm.
So wait, shop, cook, and have a meal ready in 4 1/2 hours….AND make it special!?!? I have to admit, I panicked for about 15 minutes until I decided to grab little miss cupcake, head to the store and hope for the best of luck.
The following is what happens if you put me on the spot:
We’ve collected a few mini bottles of vodka and had been meaning to do a side by side comparison tasting for weeks now so I decided it would be a perfect time to bring these out.Of course you can’t just taste a bunch of vodka without anything to eat so our first course was a cheese and charcuterie platter:
The platter consisted of sweet chorizo, parma ham, crottin de chavignol, aged gouda, goose liver pate with sauternes, water crackers, and baked goats cheese stuffed figs wrapped with parma ham (not pictured).
Next up was the “salad” course with salmon 3 ways. (ceviche, pan fried, & smoked)
The mixed greens were tossed in a bit of the ceviche liquid. The smoked salmon was wrapped around avocado slices and asparagus spears.
Next we had the red course.
Marinated, pan-fried lamb chop. Oven roasted cherry tomatoes. Seared beef cubes stuffed with roasted garlic and toasted pine nuts topped with homemade demi-glace
Last but not least was a veggie course.Asparagus spears sauteed in butter and black garlic, topped with lumpfish roe.
Of course cupcake pitched in and made us two wonderful desserts.Strawberry & basil parfait.
Follow by the piece de resistace…A sponge cake layered with fresh strawberries and strawberry basil cream. YUM!!
So after the 20 minutes of panic dinner turned out to be just fine. In fact, it was pretty good if I do say so myself….and of course I do say so myself.
**FYI** Happy pound cake day!