Well, we are home from our trip, and it was a great time. I loved the time away, and I loved coming home. I'll tell you all about our adventures tomorrow.
Today's post is dedicated to food po.rn. :)
Every special occasion, even if we go out to a restaurant for dinner, I ensure that I make a special dinner for us to enjoy at home together as a family. Putting together the menu is always fun... I look for things that are outside our normal rotation, things that maybe require a little bit more effort or a few luxury ingredients.
This year, for my Beloved's birthday dinner, I started looking for ideas about a month ago. I wanted it to be different. Maybe something I hadn't made in a long time, or ever, for my Beloved.
First, I found the cake... but you'll have to wait for more on that.
Then, I found one of the sides. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus. I don't know why, but asparagus is always a special occasion food in my mind. And of course, prosciutto is just a treat. I wrapped about half of a bunch of asparagus, and then roasted them in the oven laid on top of the rest of the bunch, so that any drippings would flavour the rest. Turned out very well.
After I decided on the side, I started thinking Italian. And then, I started thinking, braciola... super thin steak stuffed with whatever, rolled and braised in a tomato sauce. I used to make it for my parents a long time ago, but I don't think I've ever made it for my Beloved.
|My Beloved's plate. He practically licked it clean.|
And then there was the cake...
|Doesn't look very pretty.|
Here is my Chocolate Irish Coffee Crepe Cake.
|My Beloved's piece, with a couple of the truffles.|
Overall, I'm pleased with how it all turned out. It was enjoyed by my Beloved and Ginny... I really liked it too. (Pip was being a stinker and not wanting to eat tonight, so no cake for him.)
|Ginny, post-cake. She's covered in chocolate.|