October 4, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 4:26 pm

Inviting all food bloggers 

Lea at Copperpots has tagged me to join this rather interesting project started by Angelika in Vienna. It asks this question.

WHICH MENU WOULD YOU SERVE BLOGGING FRIENDS FOR A WELCOME DINNER UPON THEIR FIRST VISIT TO YOUR HOME ?

This is a bit of a tough one for me since I hardly ever need to do more than one course. Dinner parties aren’t really commonplace amongst London students. In particular, I don’t generally make dessert, but there is one I made for a Valentine’s day meal many years ago that I kept doing again and again.

So here is my menu. I’ve made it quite autumnal since it’s getting pretty god-damn cold out there, but I never really stick to using local seasonal produce. The things at Borough Market are a bit too exciting for that. This is a mix of things I’ve done before and things I’d like to do. Of course, offal and alternative meat have made an appearance.

A Warming Menu for my Food Blogging Friends

Oxtail Consomme 
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Chicken Liver and Brandy Pate with Apple Chutney and Melba Toast 
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Rare Fillet of Kangaroo with a Red Wine and Bitter Chocolate Sauce, Served With Dauphinoise Potatoes and Braised Red Cabbage
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Cherry and Almond Cheesecake
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Coffee/Irish Coffee/Something From My Spirit Selection

I think I’d have a white bordeaux with the pate and a nice sangiovese with the main course. I have no idea what wine goes with cherry cheesecake! Any suggestions? I always have Sauternes around if I can’t think of anything else.

I think I will tag Garret, Rob, Cid and Mace at Vanilla Garlic to host the next virtual dinner party and Julia and Rob from A Slice of Cherry Pie. Also Franka at Can Cook, Must Cook if she’s around. It seems she hasn’t posted in a while. :(

8 Comments »

  1. Oooh I’ve been tagged, I’ve been tagged! What do I do? How does it work?

    Your menu sounds delicious, I could go for that right now, if I wasn’t in bed with what seems to be a virus. I’ll have a bowl of consomme though..!

    Comment by Julia — October 4, 2006 @ 6:17 pm

  2. Dear Ros, thank you so much for participating and your menu sounds terrific ! Chicken liver and brandy …. apple chutney … red wine and dark chocolate… - how exciting and I love the autumnal sound in it ! I’ll put it to my list tomorrow. After reading this menu which has so much dishes in it that call for an experienced menu cook I can hardly believe that you only do it once in a while. And I am looking forward to reading the menus of the fellow bloggers you have tagged. Thank you so much ! angelika

    Comment by angelika — October 4, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

  3. Kangaroo! How exciting! I’ve never had kangaroo! =)

    Comment by Lea — October 4, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  4. Hmm, I’d hit the kangaroo for sure. I normally don’t Meme, but i’ll make an exception, as this one looks fun!

    Comment by Garrett — October 5, 2006 @ 1:32 am

  5. Julia- don’t worry, it’s not too hard! Angelika’s post explains most of it (linked at the top of this post). All you have yo do is imagine you were going to invite lots of food bloggers around to your house and think up what you would serve them for a welcome dinner. Then post about this on your blog, linking in the original post by Angelika and think of a couple of other people to tag. When you’re done, tell Angelika as she’s collecting up all the entries. The idea is there’ll be a nice collection of signature menus from food bloggers.

    Angelika- Thanks for starting the project. It’s been very interesting!

    Lea- I’d send you some over if I could! It’s like a better version of venison.

    Garrett- I look forward to reading your menu soon! Will you make truffles?

    Comment by ros — October 5, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

  6. Got here through health search on google. Good blog.

    Comment by Anon. — October 18, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

  7. Hello Ros,

    I am back!
    I want me some of that kangaroo and when I go to Borough Market on Thursday, I’ll definitely pick up some from there.
    I’ll be joining in this dinner plan.
    I’m now sorting out my technical stuff and I’m up and running again. Sorry if you missed me!

    Cheers
    Franka

    Comment by Franka — November 14, 2006 @ 2:35 am

  8. Great to see you’re back, Franka! :D I’ll put your link back up now!

    Comment by ros — November 14, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

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