Saturday, June 18, 2011
Entertaining Recipes -- Food, Family, Good Times . . .
Of course, I like to contribute something as well, besides directions and a grocery list. So I picked a couple of dishes from a new-to-me food blog that my friend Lisa recommended, Smitten Kitchen. These roasted peppers, brilliantly complemented by a silky Buffalo Mozzarella (made here on Vancouver Island by Natural Pastures cheeses) sustained us through the stirring, alongside a bowl of Pater-made tapenade and a baguette.
When the paella finally got to the table, it was accompanied with green beans à Lisa (simply cooked and tossed with mustard).
And somehow after polishing that off, we found room for this cake, a cake that deserves to be made again for solstice -- it's a perfect celebration of summer's opening. Lisa had made it for us a few weeks ago -- using a 50/50 mix of barley and white (wheat) flour which gave it a marvellous, slightly nutty flavour. I couldn't find barley flour yesterday, but no one complained. . . served with a dollop of whipping cream and a cup of coffee or tea, the dessert ended off a very companionable evening with new family.
And I may have added a few new secret weapons to my entertaining arsenal.