Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas dinner 2014

Fig Stuffed with Foie Gras and Salad of Watercress 

Nori Fettuccine and Shrimp with Garlic-Chili Butter Sauce

Spicy Rack of Lamb with Thai Red Curry Sauce
Haricots Verts with Sesame Oil
Basmati Rice

Mango Ice Cream Sandwich with Macadamia Nut Cookies and Tropical Fruit Compote

Bits of this meal got prepared over the preceding days. On the day itself, I got a typical late start and puttered away most of the afternoon. Nothing rushed and everything came together at the right sort of time.

We started with figs stuffed with foie gras, bought at the marché de noël on Sunday, one each, accompanied by a bit of watercress with vinaigrette. Forgot to take a picture of this, so you'll have to imagine a salad plate with a fat fig and a bit of green beside it.

For the next course there was a pasta dish from a mangled recipe (Dinners42, p91; cookbooker). There should been opihi, a Hawaiian limpet, but there were no limpets at the shop (lots of other crustaceans, so maybe they're not in season). Shrimp was given as a substitute, so shrimp there was. The pasta has nori sheets ground up with the flour and sesame oil as the fat (no eggs). Very tasty.

For the main, there was a lovely rack of lamb (6 points) with a tasty sauce (Dinners42, p93; cookbooker). Since the menu I was following didn't include vegetable matter, we had some haricots verts and a bit of basmati rice on the side (but no pictures) of those.

We finished off a bottle of red wine that we won in a charity hamper. The matching rosé, which we took to the choir party, was not bad at all, so we gave the red a chance for this meal. Not the best choice. It was definitely so-so. Drinkable but nothing interesting.

Dessert (Dinners42, p95; cookbooker) was good, if a bit oversized. There's a layer of mango purée at the bottom, then two halves of an ice cream sandwich, topped with some tropical and not-so-tropical fruit (mangos, kiwis, and some mixed berries). Rather than having a whole ice cream sandwich each, we could have split a single one and been fine. A super idea, though, especially because the real work can be done days before.

Altogether an enjoyable meal.

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