Of course when it was all over I realized I had not documented a damn thing. In part because I don’t like to get ahead of myself with dishes I have never made before….two from last night that really stood out for me where Eggplant Jam, a recipe David Lebovitz posted a couple of weeks back. A rich and flavorful Middle Eastern spread that I served with focaccia and a generous pour of pomegranate Molasses – as per his instructions. It’s the kind of thing you always want to have in your fridge to spread over toast or serve as a snack to friends with some white wine. My Jam didn’t look anything like his, in part because I think I used too much olive oil and so when I baked the eggplant it didn’t get as crunchy as his looks. I also peeled mine (he suggests leaving some peel, which for some reason skeeved me out – I like my eggplant naked). Regardless of how it looked it really tasted great and I like how spreadable it was.
The second dish that I really liked was a variation I did of Steven Satterfield’s Scalloped Green Tomato in the end I called my version a gratin because I added Parmesan to the bread crumbs on top – I made a few other minor changes like skipping the crushed black peppers and adding more onion and Thyme. I seasoned the cream with salt and pepper before pouring it over the tomatoes. Yummy. This dish is going to get made a lot this fall when the market is filled with farmers selling green tomatoes.
In the end what I wanted to say here was just how much time it takes to make a dinner party of this kind for 17 people and that even though I cooked for two full days I still had to require my friends David and Debbie to help at the last-minute and the gratin, which was a sort of last-minute addition came out a good 15 minutes after everything else. Of course when make a dinner of many dishes I prefer it when people can graze over time instead of stacking up one big plate and sitting down to it.
Oh and having made two kinds of Ice Cream I had the exact perfect amount of egg whites left over to make Angel Food Cake! Which was the perfect foil for the Ice Cream. It also was great to have so many people over because I had made that gargantuan Carrot Cake a few days back and when my guests last night saw it they were more then happy to help me get rid of it!
All this to say that the reason I have been absent the last couple of days is because between house guests and dinner parties I’ve been run ragged (in a good way) things are going to slow down now so I am looking for to posting more!