I love food (who doesn't?), and I am regularly treated to my Mum's wonderful home cooking. On the weekends when RJ is with me, we always have some nice dinners, such as the quiche I made the other day, and we often go to one of our favourite restaurants to treat ourselves to something delicious after work.
Even with all that going on regularly, there are still some outstandingly great meals, marking special and memorable occasions. One such meal I was invited to last Saturday.
It had been the birthday of one of my friends. Her sister's boyfriend is a passionate cook in his spare time, and an engineer when he is at work. He has turned his hobby into something more than that; people can rent his cooking skill for their own dinner parties, and he has a properly equipped kitchen at his home, complete with a professional-type stove and oven. The birthday gift my friend received from her sister and said boyfriend was that they were going to host a dinner party for her and those friends she chose to invite. I was one of the lucky ones!
Here is our menue:
Appetizers. In German, this is called "Gruß aus der Küche", literally "greetings from the kitchen".
Butternut squash soup. The two bits in the middle are chestnut mousse and apple mousse. I particularly loved the chestnut mousse.
Prime boiled beef with beetroot, potatoes and horseradish. The beef was so tender, it nearly melted in your mouth!
Steamed pear and radicchio with honey dressing, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and Blackforest ham. A combination I would have never thought of, but it worked very well.
Guinea fowl with shallots, parsley dumplings and forest mushrooms. First time in my life I've eaten guinea fowl. The parsley dumplings alone were worth being invited to this dinner!
Stupidly, I forgot to take a picture of our dessert. It was plum dumplings with chocolate icecream and whipped vanilla cream.
There was sparkling wine before the meal and wine to accompany it, but of course there were also non-alcoholic drinks. Everything was home-made from scratch, including the chocolate icecream. We felt like princesses, being served everything without having to do a thing - our job was to enjoy, and enjoy we did!
Afterwards, I was sure I would not need to eat for a whole week, but of course, on Sunday, I had my regular meals again.