We have a semi-weekly tradition with some friends of ours that goes something like this: we gather at their house; eat a lovely dinner, which they have prepared; bend our elbows; and treat ourselves to a dessert prepared by yours truly. This sort of activity usually revolves around watching whatever HBO drama we’re currently obsessed with; however, getting together to eat, drink, and be merry is reason enough for us!
In addition to this routine, we also make a point to spend Oscar night together. We keep it simple with tapas-style finger foods to allow for maximum Oscar-viewing. This year was no exception. Despite my heavy class load this semester, I made room in my agenda for cooking – seeing as how this was a special occasion.
On the menu:
Courtesy of Pat and Holly:
Salmon tartare with crème fraiche and chives, barbequed chicken wings, and crudité with homemade blue cheese dip.
From my kitchen:
Spicy cheddar cheese straws, lamb meatballs with tzatziki, cucumber/dill/tomato/red onion salad, and a French chocolate tart.
A rundown of what I made (in pictures) –
These were so incredible. And so easy.
It was sort of like a cross between a cake and a brownie. Chocolate is the answer to all of life’s problems.
The trick with lamb meatballs is to evenly brown them and finish them in the oven – there is less chance of them drying out this way.
We had a great time, the food was delicious, and a bottle of Prosecco topped off the evening. Who needs the Oscars when we have great company?