this last thursday night i did a little birthday dinner for 12 and this was the menu:
a quartet of olives, kalmata, tiny green spanish, large green with sweet red peppers and dried fava beans and crinkly black olives with peppers
easter radishes with fleur de sel and fennel fleur de sel
beggars purses with osetra caviar
coconut curry shrimp on sticky rice crescents
new corn wheels with a trio of butter balls: basil, salt and mixed pepper, and chipotle
pistachio crusted sole with hazelnut oil sauce and spinach
pepper filet roast
individual potatoes anna with thyme
mini vegetables a la grecque (sp)
mixed garden greens with persalade and sweet 100's
cheeses with cherries, raisin and walnut breads
(we had four, i just can't remember or spell them!)
strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry shortcakes with whipped cream and vanilla sorbet
chocolate mousse bon bons
the thing i think that always makes cooking for this friend such a joy is that all the produce comes fresh from her atherton garden. we'd made a trip down on wednesday to pick and the flavors were pristine, putting even the farmers market to shame.
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