Dinner No 6 hosted by Ellie: November 2011
so we are on to round number 2, and the challenge is back to me to create a unique and interesting 5 course meal for 8 girls. i get to follow tanyah which was, of course, a superb evening, no pressure then!
so to create my menu i have tried to focus on the main idea of the 8ate club. what foods have i never cooked before, and what would challenge me? so here we go….
pumpkin pea and pancetta tartlet.
i have never cooked with pumpkin before, and have never made pastry before. i always really enjoy a warm canape, hopefully i can prepare this the night before, something that is important to me when looking after 3 little monkeys.
pan-fried scallops with butternut squash two ways.
i have never cooked scallops, and the warm salad that accompanies this looks lovely. hopefully a meaty but light starter.
slow roasted duck leg with braised lentils and pan fried chicory.
a dish that looks lovely ( in the photos!) i wanted to choose a main that would basically cook itself after the initial preparation, as i want to enjoy the wine and gossip of the evening! and i have never cooked duck before, always thought it is a challenging meat, i aim not to make it too dry, and keep the flavours in the lentils.
i have chosen several desserts, and cant make my mind up, but the current winner is coffee zabaglione with tuiles biscuits. i feel we need a light dessert after the richness of the duck, but intense flavour is okay in small portions! i have never cooked a cream or mousse style dessert, should be a challenge!
baklava and fresh mint tea.
i have ALWAYS wanted an excuse to make baklava after so enjoying it when we were travelling many years ago. looks challenging but again hopefully i can prepare some of it the night before!
so as last time im sure i will have a momentary panic the day before, but am actually really looking forward to my night, my goal being to produce lovely food that everyone enjoys, and create a relaxed evening of wine and chat, without waking the monkeys!
Pumpkin, pea and pancetta tartlet
Scallops with butternut squash two ways
Gin and tonic sorbet
Duck leg with puy lentils and chicory
Zabaglione with tuile biscuit
Menu by Sophie, age 6
Emma, Niki, Ellie, Ellen
Jo, Lucinda, Tanyah, Sarah