Dinner No 17 hosted by Tanyah: June 2014
Well, this is a new chapter for the 8ate with an almost entirely new cast for this round. I am seriously looking forward to it.
So I am starting this round and I have had a little wish list of things which I am going to throw together this time. So here goes
Home made butter with seeded honey bread
I have fond memories of my mother churning butter in a proper butter churn. I grew up in a rather low-fi household. We put our washing through a mangle until I was 6! I am not as old as this makes me sound. Anyway, sadly I remember the butter churn disappearing on ebay years ago and it never occurred to me to keep it, afterall, that’s what shops are for. However, I have a hankering to try it so instead of canapes I am going to be serving butter with bread. Simple but hopefully tasty. I have made bread often but am rather dull with my loaves so have picked out something a little more challenging. I must admit I really want to do a rye or sourdough but am still too chicken. Maybe next time.
Sweet potato & goats cheese ravioli
The time has come, I am going to make pasta. I really am concerned that there will be nothing to eat as a starter, but that is what the 8ate is all about! Having spoken to Trish who has made pasta loads of times I am hoping it is one of those things that just looks difficult from the outside when you haven’t done it. I decided to go for a ravioli as I may as well make it harder for myself. What if they all pop open when they are cooking eeeeek!
lemon martini granita
I am not sure if I have cheated on this one or not. I don’t think so ~ I decided to make this for the 8ate about a fortnight before the dinner and just ploughed ahead and make it. I thought I would get ahead as it was frozen. Thing is we had a dinner party the other night and I thought I may as well make the most of it and served it then as there was so much! So it has already been tested out. It is INCREDIBLY alcoholic as I didn’t, ehm, follow the recipe entirely and chucked in more booze! The result is that it’s not so much a palate cleanser as a nostril blower so one for non-drivers only 🙂
Confit duck with something and something!
I have wanted to confit duck forever so I am really looking forward to this one. I really don’t know what to serve it with yet. I am thinking some kind of potato cake and maybe an earthy green like kale. Also would a sauce be a good idea? Hhm ~ something rich and meaty or light and fruity. We will just have to see if I get inspiration in the next couple of days.
Salted caramel fondants with caramel sauce, shortbread crumbs and vanilla ice-cream
I have been in love with salted caramel ever since I first sampled it. So the idea of having some in the middle of an oozing chocolate fondant is bloody heaven! I know fondants can be a disaster but I figure the fact that they are already made and in the fridge before the evening begins outweighs the stress of watching them collapse as I try and turn them out.
Peanut butter truffles
I recently ate these at the Gingerman in Brighton and rather cheekily asked the chef for the recipe. If there is any room to pop one in at the end then I will be very impressed. Warning: may contain peanuts.