Ever since watching the film adaptation of Dinesen's story Babette's Feast, I've been in love with the idea of the overly complex dinner party. It's a lot like a marathon. You don't enjoy doing it as much as you enjoy having done it.
Tonight is one of those nights because we have a standing midweek dinner with very good friends who don't mind if dinner is late, if it's a bit of a circus or if I experiment as long as they can have a glass of wine or two and take home the leftovers. Dinner is not always a complete success, but no one's turned one down yet.
Cold Smoked Salmon
Schramsberg 2008 Blanc de Noir
Butter lettuce, sweet pea,
browned mushrooms, bacon , raw aspargus salad
Warm goat cheese medalion crisped in butter
As yet undetermined sauvignon blanc
Meatloaf with pâté de campagne leanings
Multi-colored scalloped potatoes
Iron Horse 2008 Pinot Noir
Bananas in caramel, flamed with scotch
*I will definitely use 1/2t less cinnamon next time and this really needs to be done the day before so it can marry, but it was surprisingly good.