23 April 2007

Party time

My verrrrrry best friend in the whole world has lately become a mother, what would be enough to make a celebration, but as her birthday approached too, we have decided to go for it and make an unforgettable party!

And so it was for me - 3 days in the kitchen, numerous tasting sessions, a few cuts and burns and then much too much eating and drinking... Fortunately, she doesn't plan a new baby any soon and her next birthday is still a year ahead!
Short report on what was on the menu:

sushi with cavior and smoked salmon

bread tort with 2 kinds of pastes (parsley pesto and hot paprika)

tartalettes with 3 kinds of fillings:

spinach, ricotta and garlic

cherry tomatoes, oregano and mozarella

and also chicken livers pate, which I somehow forgot to take a close view, but can present you with the back scene of preparation - not really appealling to a vegetarian soul...

Of course, the final output was good enough to make me oblivious of my peculiar food preferences ;)

chocolate roll with whipped cream (YES!!!) and cherries

more whipping view :)

There was also an orange cheesecake with espresso gelee cubes inside which was truly amazing but of course the strong red wine caused me lose my camera, forget about taking pictures and focus on the taste rather.

09 April 2007

Easter shots

Traditional Polish Easter menu could bring many out of starvation and fill up hundreds of photo albums. That's what happens when people are told they should eat modestly for 40 days. Even though today nobody really cares about the Lent apparently, feasting goes on every year...

Fortunately, at my home they have always kept it short and simple (like one should supposedly do with presentations) and so the risk of overeating are reduced to minimum. Things really worth mentioning are as follows:

white sausage that sends my vegetarianism for short vacation - eaten hot with horse radish sauce

different sorts of mazurkas which I find far too sweet and dry - the one above with apricot topping

festive yeast baba very rich in eggs and always frosted with lemon icing

kind of Pascha - that is a traditional dessert based upon fat cottage cheese but lately eagerly moderated as is mine: with raisins, fruit, almonds, grappa and, of course, whipped cream... Somebody would call it obsession ;)

And of course lots of eggs, not an interesting subject really.

To be honest, I wouldn't miss this stuff too much if I were clever enough to go snowboarding to some Alpine resort.