Thursday, November 24, 2011

Chloe Likes To Feast

Ok, so you've already had a Chloe Likes To Eat this week, but this is slightly different. And some of this will probably show up in a Chloe Likes To Eat with a bit more explanation. But for now, I thought I'd take you through a 5 course dinner we (and by we, I mean my dad cooked, and the rest of us ate...) put together for a couple of people last week.

We do NOT eat like this all the time. Promise.

Course 1
Mushroom Veloutte- Mushroom soup with a white truffle foam. Just an espresso cup full to kick the food off.

Course 2
Antipasti- Clockwise from Top- Salami, Iberico Ham, Melon, Olives and Semi Curado cheese marinated in lemon, olive oil and garlic, Gorgonzola cheese, Spanish Anchovie, Carpaccio Beetroot topped with rocket

Course 3- Pasta. Orcietti pasta with homemade pesto, topped with fresh basil. A small portion served in a small cereal bowl.

Course 4- Main Course. Clockwise from top- Spiedini (ground chicken and turkey, garlic and herbs pan fried in breadcrumbs), roasted tomatoes, Panelli (deep fried chickpea fritters), Courgette spaghetti

Course 5- Dessert. Lemon mousse with a framboise soaked raspberry, topped with toasted almond.

Chocolate Tart and (home-made) vanilla ice cream.

It looks like a lot of food, and really it probably is, but it was eaten over 2.5 hours and we keep a tight control on portions. People often say about restaurants that serve multiple courses "but the portions were tiny". The idea is small portions so you can get through 5-8 courses without feeling ill at the end and that each course packs a punch of flavour rather than fills you to the brim. This meal is much like that. The pasta was probably a handful each, but it was all about the flavour and with 2 more courses (inc the main) to follow, I wouldn't want a full plateful.

For me, food like this is all about the company as well. My parents, 2 guests and I shared this evening and the food was great, the flavours provided a talking point for our guests, who were learning exactly what we know and what we do when it comes to food, and I don't think I've laughed around a dinner table as much for a very long time. I came away at the end of the evening comfortably fed, a myriad of flavours making themselves known and having thoroughly an evening of good food, good wine and great company.

To me, this is entertainment. 


Unknown said...

Sooooo, screw the blogger meet! Just come cook me dinner instead? :p xx

Anonymous said...

I'm bloody STARVING now, and all I'm having for dinner is manky breaded plaice & oven chips! This looks incredible, and I have always loved the concept of tasting menus, as they appeal to my greedy, plate-picking side perfectly! You've definitely inspired me to have a go for myself sometime!


Alex said...

Seriously, sod the milk allergy for one day. I'm inviting myself round a feast chez Chloe.

Leanne Cornelius said...

Wow! Serious drooling going on over here! I need you to come cook for me! xx

Anonymous said...

That all looks incredible! You obviously put a lot of effort into preparing it all and choosing the flavours - it looks YUM!