CAKE… Vicky and Ray, two of our fun friends, got married around Christmas, it was a small family affair- Ray does not like crowds or attention, so as their first compromise they hosted a bash for all their friends, unfortunately we were unable to make it- Thailand took us away for a different kind of fun.
In exchange, we invited the newlyweds round for an American-themed wedding reception dinner- steak, potatoes and wilted spinach. All elevated- a steak like Heston, individual ramekins of gratin dauphinois and wilted spinach with nutmeg butter. All that was missing were butter rolls and warm glasses of milk.
And since I think all the rage for wedding cakes these days remains red velvet, we had one of those topped with our asexual hugging salt and pepper shakers proving we too believe in marriage equality!
Have a long and happy life tougher Vicky and Ray!
Apologies these photos are not that great- night photography is something I need to improve.
We had our first friends for dinner this weekend. It was great fun. Enjoyable company.
We voted the menu as one of our best. We are very biased.
Starter: Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms
I found the perfect cake pan for making six inch layer cakes. I did a test and now I am prepared to bake a delicious birthday cake in two weeks time.
MAC N’ CHEESE… Some recommend starving a cold others say to feed it. Ben and I went with the latter, making some really tasty macaroni and cheese. I used the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe. If she is good enough for Liz Lemon, she is good enough for me. I did change it up a bit and used Scottish Mature Cheddar and English Stilton as our cheese picks. This recipe makes a very large American-sized quantity, and is very saucy, which according to Ben is a good thing. Enjoy.
We followed it up with this cake, without the frosting… much healthier
LEMON PIE… The first time I have been able to make a pie with graham cracker crust in 7 years! A cause for celebration. Sometime the Minnesotan in me comes out, this pie filling used two cans of condensed milk! I am a slightly embarrassed about this fact. I am more than capable of making lemon curd without condensed milk, but as I learned at a young age, I must follow the recipe if I am going to be allowed to bake. For me it was more about the crust than the filling. Now that I can make the crust I am am going to recreate a very special pie my Grandma Dot would make, the Boozey Woozey pie. I think I was the only grandchild that enjoyed this pie. If I can get creme de menthe in Scotland, Ben is in for a real treat!
Next week, green-bean casserole with cream-of-whatever-soup and fried onions.