It's funny, H and I met in cooking school together yet we've never cooked a formal dinner together. We've each catered separate dinner parties, doing all the planning, shopping and cooking. But doing something fancy together? Nope, besides casual meals that kind of come together on their own when we cook together.
Recently, friends and family gave us gift certificates to one of the most interesting and high-quality food stores in Boston: Savenor's Market. They pride themselves on rare meats and a wide variety of international and prepared foods. Ostrich meat? Check. Duck fat? Check. Pate de campagne? Check. It's so much fun to stroll around the store and discover what's new, especially since H's apartment is on the same street. The only downside is the high prices, so the gift certificates gave us the rare chance to plan and execute a fancy dinner for the two of us. We planned, schemed, and looked up recipes. Then we came home with:
- one Muscovy duck
- two large sea scallops
- fresh foie gras
- red and golden beets
Coupled with a few goodies we brought back with us from France, we had a fabulous 5-course dinner. It wasn't professional by any means (including smoke filling up the living room after searing foie gras), but it was delicious and a nice refresher on the techniques we had learned in school.
Dinner table set for 2.
It's amazing how you can learn napkin folding on the internet!
William Hill Chardonnay and my favorite bottled water in the world, Wattwiller.
I brought the water back from Paris!
Seared Scallop with a
Cilantro-Lime-Ginger Beurre Blanc,
Jicama and Beet Salad
Seared Duck Breast with Maple Glaze,
Cauliflower Gratin with Comté Cheese and Almond Breadcrumbs
Rouelle (Goat cheese, hole in center, covered in charcoal powder & grey mold),
Brillat-Savarin (triple cream cow's milk from Normandy), green salad
Émotion with Dark Chocolate Brownie,
Lime-Ginger Curd, Whipped Cream,
Candied Lime Zest and Chocolate Shavings
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