A Brit, a Yank and a Kitchen

Monday, October 2

Inviting All Foodbloggers

I was tagged for this joint project by my wonderful friends waaaay over in Germany at Kochtopf!



Since this is my first time ever making a menu.. I am positive I am making a tremendous amount of faux pas... also... its hard to pin point exactly what is "seasonal" in Florida... because in Florida we are growing the summer foods that cant be grown in the rest of the country at this time of year. And at the same time are shipped the foods that the rest of the world considers "in season". I didnt want to kill myself trying to make a real "in season in Florida" menu.. and confuse everyone else in the process... so when it comes down to it... if I wanted to cook for a bunch of other foodies, I'd probably want to stick with what I know I am good at. =)

So here we have it!

Bloggilicious Menu

Curried Pumkin Soup
Field Greens Salad with Raspberries, Walnuts and Stilton
Tomato and Garlic Shrimp Bruscetta
Pan-Seared Duck Breast with a Raspberry Coulis
& Crisped New Potatoes
Italian Coffee
Fresh Strawberries with Melted Nutella & Crushed Hazelnuts

Beverage: Since my favorite is red, I'd probably pick mine and Dave's favorite, Chateuneuf de Pape, and perhaps Gewurztraminer with the 2 first courses. The coffee would be made in my nifty little Italian coffee maker.

to this shin-dig I would invite:

Jeff & Stephanie from C for Cooking
Tyler & Amanda from What We're Eating (what kind of masochist am I inviting a chef??)
Maltese Parakeet, Mooncrazy & Doodles from Peanut Butter Etouffee
Ros & The Goon from Living to Eat
Susan from The Porcini Chronicles

I tag them to host a virtual Welcome Dinner, too.


Anonymous angelika said...

Hi Lea, thank you very much for participating and your menu looks terrific ! It'll be on my list this evening (my time) ! Thank you again and have a nice day - and, yes, it's so much fun to discover your blog ! angelika from vienna

2:13 AM  
Anonymous zorra said...

Delicious! I booked a flight, tomorrow I will land. ;-)

3:07 AM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Hey Lea thanks for the invite! I was reading your menu and getting steadily hungrier when I hit, "pan seared duck breast with raspberry coulis and crisped potatoes" Holy Cow! How do you make that?!

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Ros said...

Yikes! I'd better give Goon some training in table manners. ;)

Thank you very much for the invite. All of it sounds lovely and the duck with raspberry coulis especially so.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Lea said...

hahaha you know the duck isnt as complicated as it sounds... maybe when we have the money I'll make it and post it. But I've made it for Dave and I a couple of times for special occasions.

Basically, you take your duck breasts, with skin, heat a very small amount of butter in a large pan and fry the breasts, skin side down for say... 5 minutes... flip and do the same. This renders a nice amount of duck fat. Stick the duck breasts in an oven at 300 until they finish cooking to the doneness you prefer. In the pan with the duck fat, take some new potatoes that you cooked briefly in boiling water to soften, half them, and fry them in the duck fat.

OMG so good.

the raspberry coulis is beyond easy too... if I remember right.. was basically some sugar, whole raspberries, and Framboise heated and pureed.

Like I said, I'll post the complete recipe eventually. ;-)

1:01 PM  
Blogger mooncrazy said...

Thanks for tagging, Peanut Butter Étouffee for a Welcome Dinner Menu. With three women trying to plan the menu it might take a day or two but we'll get it done.

I do like the fresh raspberries in the salad then in the coulis with the main course, nice touch.

2:19 PM  

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