Last night’s supper was a qualified success.
I posted about the line up yesterday, I think.
Friends came from far away and so we had a nice meal, a bit fancier than usual.
They brought exquisite wine.
We used this with the big chunk of Stilton sent by WDTPRSer through the amazon wish list.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
As I worked a bit in the kitchen, we popped a cork on some bubbly wine and used it with an appetizer I like with shrimp. Someday I will tell you about it.
The opener was a small bowl of the Potato Leek Soup I whipped up in the morning. I had a shot of an earlier batch here with a similar presentation, though not the same pedestrian bowl. I also added a little fennel and some cayenne pepper. That worked.
For a second “first”, I presented ravioli in butter with sage. The sage, which I have growing in my house still from the fall, is a little anemic, so I used more leaves.
I wasn’t perfectly happy with the Sunfish Fish fillets I told you about.
They had been frozen and so I wanted to treat them in some way.
I ground some hard lemon wafers for the “breading”.
The flavor was good, but they needed something more. I needed a touch of the savory with them.
Adding salt at the table helped. But we sure didn’t need the lemon. I didn’t really need to use my fish set, either. But it is fun to pull it pull it out once in a while. Those pieces are better for larger fish you must skin and bone.
The veggies were Brussels sprouts I got on sale. I scratched up Hollandaise sauce.
Thus I used the infamous sauce spoon… because we could! It was the first time I had ever placed all four.
I rarely cook for four at home and only once for more than that, unless it is summer and I can expand onto the deck.
“But Father! But Father!” you are surely exclaimin, “All that lemon! Wasn’t that just a bit…”
Over the top? Yes. In retrospect. That is why I say “qualified”.
The firsts went with a 2004 Chassange-Montrachet which was excellent.
Dessert was in two stages as well.
First we had some Stilton with the Margaux.
Then after a pause with the last of the Margaux in front of the fireplace we had apple crisp I made in the afternoon, with a bit of vanilla ice-cream and strong black coffee.
There were a few sips of something at the end just to “kill the coffee” as the Italians say.
As I said, the food was a qualified success. The company was exceptional.
It is nice to pull out the stops once in a while and spend time at the table with friends.
BTW… this morning the FedEx guy delivered several nice little Roman style sausages/salami. Thanks to C, who sent it.
I have also fired up the webcams and some other gizmos on the 7 port USB hub I received the other day. Now I must get the external hard drive integrated in the proper place as a good backup for everything I have going on. You are making my life a little easier and I thank you.