An Elegant Dinner Party: Part Two

Okay, so today, I’m continuing the theme of my  ‘elegant dinner party‘ with a few more recipes and ticking off a number of items from the food list.

List Item: Try 500 of the 1001 Foods You Must Try Before You Die


Gnocchi in a Gorgonzola SauceFood Items: Chives and Gorgonzola

I have never been able to make gnocchi and on an evening where I am making five different things I really did not want to risk it. So I used about a kilo of ready-made gnocchi and topped it with a lot of fresh chives I chopped with my mezzaluna. I love blue cheese and my best friend has a real thing for cheese so this went down a treat. The sauce was a little bit watery… at first but then as it cooled down it just got thicker and thicker and thicker.

Palm Heart and Lemon Salad

Food Items: Palm Heart, Celery Heart, Lambs Lettuce and Wild Rocket

I took a few liberties with this recipe. I used a large celery heart in the place of celery sticks, I used spring onions instead of red onion (I don’t like raw red onion) and I used equal parts lambs lettuce and wild rocket. With this salad I was able to find an amazing new ingredient that I would never have tried if it wasn’t for the book; palm heart.

Now this both tasted and had the consistency of something somewhere between white asparagus and artichoke. The five of us ended up scouring the bowl looking for extra pieces of palm heart. I think I might have to try making a palm heart fritatta. I have a feeling that might work.


Seville Orange Marmalade and Brioche Pudding

Food Items: Seville Orange Marmalade and Brioche

By the end of the evening we were all stuffed so after out initial portion enough of this was left over for brunch the next day. At this time conversation turned to those who were unable to make it (since they were in Spain) and the many animals that certain gay cliques identify with. The topic of ‘chickenhawks’ (the gay version of a cougar) was something we meditated a little too long on.

So after another round of Girths and a Virgin Girth for the driver it was time to finish the dinner part and start on the washing up. I look forward to seeing what the next person has in store for me.

Progress: 31/500


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