Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Dinner

Made a dinner for Valentine's day. This is an appetizer plate; smoked salmon rolls with cream cheese topped with orange and green onion, small salad with Parmesan cheese crisp, and shrimp and avocado cocktail with consommé gelée. I liked the consommé gelée which was made with chicken soup, a little bit of soy sauce and gelatin. I poured an egg white during the soup was cooking so that it sucked all the unwanted fat and scum and made the soup clear. The egg white was removed afterwards. The cheese crisp was good and easy to make...just shred some parmesano ressano, shape it round and bake them 325 degree oven for 8 minutes.

Oysters from a Farmer's market this morning are also part of the dinner. The sauce is shallot, red wine vinegar, tomato, black pepper and a dash of sugar. It was fresh and so tasty.

Now main dish, La recette du civet de sanglier (wild boar meat stewed in red wine) which took me three days to make. It was worth it because Steven loved it and so did I. The sauce was incredibly good. The veggies and meat gave it nice complicated and rich taste.

Dessert is chocolate fondue with heart shaped strawberries and ice cream. Valentine cannot be spent without chocolate.
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