September 30, 2004
Well, that's the last supper for a while. A smash hit. We were 12 people. My birthday being tomorrow, Faye and Bambi lovingly brought me Chilewich bags, which I adore! They have them and they are just gorgeous. Recycled plastic and oh so stylish. Samantha sent gingerbread cookies. Anne and Jeremy, our guests of honor from New Zealand, brought Godiva chcolates. And, Brian and Diana and Eric brought lovely wine. Jeremy's first trip to NYC. Anne was last here many many years ago. And, the first time at our place. A short trip, an appetizer, with another longer one to follow.
This time I served:
Tri-color carrots, julienned, and dressed with lemon juice, chopped dill and parsley, and dry toasted mustard seeds. Divine! Inspired by Nigella Lawson.
Squash, cubed, tossed in a little olive oil and roasted, then dressed with a dried tomato puree--combine the dried tomatoes, red wine vinegar, balsamic, sugar, and salt, then heat and let soak, before roughly pureeing in the food processor. Kabocha was lovely. The butternut did not have much flavor. Trick is to slightly undercook the squash so it is done but firm. Inspired by Nigella Lawson, minus the oil.
Fresh corn kernels with cream, fresh tomatoes, fresh mint and coriander, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and whole black peppercorns, green chile. Max's favorite. Inspired by Diana Kennedy's recipe for zucchini.
Red onions, roasted with balsamic, olive oil, brown sugar, and dried cranberries. Truly divine. Trick is to really roast the onions till they carmelize. Inspired by Nigella Lawson, with cranberries instead of cherries.
Black longevity rice, in the rice cooker, packed into a wet bowl and turned out in a perfect mound. Lovely foil for the corn.
Sliced raw beets, steamed, and dressed with pomegranate molasses and opal basil.
The final course was cheese, but what cheese! Bobolink raw milk cheeses from grass-fed cows who wander around outside. I served these cheeses plus the Coach Farm white pyramid--a gold medal green peppercorn goat cheese--accompanied by thin slices of Sullivan Street Bakery bagette, walnuts, moutarde de benichon, which I brought back from Neuchatel, and a delicious fruit paste, actually a Curacao harosis that I made myself.
And, Roxbury russet apples, which predate 1649: "First apple developed in America. Grown in Roxbury, Massachusetts, by Joseph Warren, who died in 1755 of a broken neck, after falling from a ladder while picking apples."
Posted by BKG at September 30, 2004 12:24 AM
Happy birthday BKG! Many happy returns of the day! Thanks for this wonderful blog. I will try the squash tonight.
Posted by: Quarrendon at October 5, 2004 01:37 PM
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