Can't wait to cook this meal for my family!
I'm heading back home in about a month after being away at university, and I'm planning a meal to completely blow my family/possibly some of their friends away. I'm not going to tell them exactly what I'm serving... I'm going to give them a menu that has a simple, not-so-upscale food on it, and then surprise them with a fun play on that idea.
So here's what I'm thinking:
Chips and Dip - Rosti Potato cakes with creme fraiche and chives
Vegetable Soup - Roasted cauliflower soup with rosemary and parmesean
Fruit Salad - Watermelon with aged balsamic vinegar, mint and feta
Poutine - Crispy frites with lobster and Bearnaise sauce
Jello - Chilled Lemon and Earl Gray Gelee (palette cleanser)
Spaghetti - Fresh tagliatelle with braised veal ragu
Pop - Fresh ginger and lime soda (palette cleanser)
Meat and Potatoes -Roast Filet of Beef, bordelaise sauce, roasted parsnips, wilted greens
Pudding - Sticky Toffee Pudding with candied bacon ice cream.
I will definitely be posting pictures!
I could do "Fish Sticks" and have some grilled white fish with a nice chimmichurri sauce, I could do "peas and carrots" and have a nice medly of buttered baby vegetables, I could do "Caesar salad" and make an aspic with clamato and vodka and spices, I could do a play on shrimp cocktail, I could do a fun tossed salad... OH the possibilities!
You are all extremely right! When I started planning the menu, it was the middle of January and freezing cold outside. I WAS planning on serving very small portions of each course, but even that would be way overboard considering it will probably happen in late April or even may... This menu would be MOST inappropriate... I've got some thinking to do!
Need any help with the prep? I will work for food...
It is quite a filling meal, and I don't think I'd make it past the Poutine, but I'd die happy at least. I'm assuming you're doing small plates?
Sticky Toffee Pudding, as great as it is, is a pretty intense way to end a big meal, especially with the candied bacon ice cream. I realize all things bacon are big right now but perhaps a simple poached or oven-roasted fruit dessert with a light wine or champagne sauce, flavored with some alternate herb flavors, like lavender, thyme or tarragon, would be the way to go. Call that catagory Pie instead of Pudding.
I applaud your great effort, and I'm sure your family and friends will be wowed over no matter what you choose to serve. Please do post photos.
It's a very fine menu, and a cool idea, and you've obviously put a lot of thought into it. But it's awfully heavy - I don't think I'd make it past the jello. You're serving two courses of potatoes: the potato cakes, and the poutine. Plus cauliflower soup, and pasta, and parsnips. Maybe these will be tiny little plates of food, but I'd worry about your guests being too full to enjoy the last few courses. In a month, you'll probably be able to find all kinds of spring vegetables - maybe consider swapping out some of the more winter-y dishes?