Tuesday, June 18, 2013
COOKING WITH FRIENDS
It's been more than 30 years that our group of 6 friends have been getting together to cook, eat, and visit every three or four months. That's not to say we don't see one another in between, or want to, but with our busy lives, sometimes it's just at our dinners that we get to visit.
The host house is responsible for the main course and the other two couples bring first course and dessert. This time we were at Colesie and Frank's.
Colesie had a beautiful hors d'oeuvre tray ready to accompany before-dinner drinks. I especially enjoyed the almonds in the shell, something I've never had. Turns out that Trader Joe's sells these almonds.
The "boys" comandeered the hors d'oeuvre tray and seemed very happy to have done so.
Arlene made the first course, a salad of fresh Spinach, Arugula, Strawberries, and Goat Cheese, all purchased that morning at her local Farmer's Market. It tasted as wonderful as it was beautiful.
We talk pretty much non-stop throughout the evening.
Colesie went all out with her main course: Moroccan Chicken Bastilla with a Carrot side vegetable. Again, beautiful to look at and a delightful complexly-seasoned dish. This dish takes quite a bit of time to assemble and prepare, but it is worth the effort.
My dessert was individual cherry Clafoutis, inspired by the fresh cherries at my Farmer's Market. I made a special apricot Clafoutis for Arlene who is allergic to cherries.
I topped the Clafoutis with pistachio ice cream.
Needless to say, we ate well and laughed a lot, enjoying our very long friendship.
Until the next time...