Status : Completed!
Tonight we’ve had 5 of our friends over for dinner. A 3-course-dinner.
I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of anything we ate, but it just didn’t feel right to bring out the camera to photograph the food… So I’m making a blog post about food without pictures. That’s sort of like eating an ice cream in a cone and forgetting to put the ice cream in there, right? A big no-no…
Anyways, we had some “nibbles” to eat while standing and catching up. We had sourdough bread cut in small cubes, grisini, cut cucumber sticks and carrots to dip in either olive oil, aioli or pesto.
For starters we had small cauliflower pizzas with veggies on them. The “dough” is made of raw cauliflower cut to itsy-bitsy pieces in a kitchen machine, blended with grated parmesan cheese, egg and salt and pepper. The “dough” is spread on a baking tray and baked in the oven for half an hour. We used sliced zucchini, red bell pepper, mushroom, olives and goat cheese as toppings and put it all back in the oven for ten minutes.
The main course was Tomato, Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto with barbequed pork loin. I had oven baked plum tomatoes and onion, basil, parmesan cheese and fried mushrooms in the risotto. It was topped with vines of oven baked cherry tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese. Unfortunately we didn’t time it well with the grill and risotto. The risotto was done way ahead of the meat and got a bit too gooey before we served it. But, the flavours were excellent.
We rounded it all off with a chocolate cream topped with olive oil, sea salt and roasted coconut flakes. Super yummy!!! The chocolate cream was made of chocolate, cream, muscovado sugar and egg yolks.
As you (might) see, the evening had an Italian theme. Pizza, risotto and chocolate cream with olive oil. All 7 of us (plus one) are going to Sicily in a few weeks and we wanted to get together to start the count down. :)