Monday, 7 March 2011

Dinner for friends

It had been a few weeks since we last had friends for dinner.  So an impromptu dinner for friends on friday was welcomed.  I love cooking for friends, trying to balance a meal and getting the house looking presentable.
Leftover terrine with toast, lettuce, capers and chutney.
Salmon and sauce nivernaise served with new potatoes and leeks.
Blood orange and rosemary jelly and raspberry ice cream.
I managed to buy a middle piece of salmon from Williams today, so I wrapped this in oiled foil and cooked in my lower oven for over an hour.  The new potatoes were cooked in a covered saucepan in melted butter and regularly shaken until browned and tender.  The leeks were also stewed in butter.  Of course the sauce was amazing,  White wine was boiled with shallots, parsley and black pepper until reduced by half.  This was strained then put in a basin and placed over a saucepan of boiling water.  Beaten egg yolks were then added to the wine and stirred until thick.  Elizabeth always says to not let the water boil underneath but I think you need this heat for sauces to thicken.  Finally some parsley butter was added gradually.
For pudding jelly and ice cream.  The jelly was actually a Skye Gyngell recipe, Blood orange juice and sugar was infused with rosemary then gelatine leaves added.  The raspberry ice cream was Elizabeth's and was a custard mixed with raspberry puree.  I don't have an ice cream maker so just stirred it regularly as it froze.  Both were just set and frozen in time.  A nicely balanced dinner, perfect.

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