Blest be those feasts, with simple plenty crowned,
Where all the ruddy family around
Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail
Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale.
~ Oliver Goldsmith
Following our recent dinner party debut, Kath and I held our second dinner party last night at Kath’s place. 9 of us this time, different guests – and again an excellent evening.
Cooking can take a fair amount of time and is a lesson in coordination – but I love it and I find it funny when people say “oh I would never bother with that” or “what? I can’t believe you went to all the trouble of preparing this”… because… well, I wouldn’t have it any other way. (Admittedly, there is no way I would have stayed sane and served any decent food last night if I had to make everything myself – yay for Kath who calmly did more than half of it ;-))
To start, we served two tarts – a leek, caramelised onion & feta tart, and an asparagus and pesto one.
Because stuffed vegetables would be bright and fun, we stuffed these capsicums and tomatoes with a rice, herb, chilli and pistachio nut mixture (thanks Jamie Oliver for this recipe) and baked them in chicken stock with a dollop of tomato puree stirred in…
I like how veges go charred on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside after some time in the oven.
Kath threw together a very pretty (and yummy) salad with tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and celery…
I seared some lamb chops with random sprinkles of worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano… forgot to take a picture of the final product oops!
And lovely dessert comprised lemon panna cotta which Kath prepared before I got to her place (pity, I am regretful that I didn’t get to watch this!) with a mixed berry sauce dotted with black pepper. The panna cotta was so delicious that I noticed people going silent while they ate it and then simultaneously exclaiming :-) It was so good. Silky smooth creamy-ness topped with a sweet red coat and tangy berries.
Not pictured: cooked lamb chops and Italian loaf/butter.
Thanks Kath, friends and friends’ friends who made for a very enjoyable evening :-)