As you may have noted, Rob's birthday was on Friday. Unfortunately, I worked Friday and really only had the energy to organise homemade pizza. Saturday was the day for spoiling him. I took a few requests and assembled the multicourse meal.
Paired with:Balthauser Ress Rheingau Riesling 2004
Pacific Rim Petite Oysters
Chilled Celery Soup
Seared Foie Gras with a Fig, Port and Pomegranate Sauce
(Rob specially requested foie gras. It was a little rich for me, but he seemed to enjoy it)
Spinach and Arugula Salad with Pancetta, Poached Quail's Egg and a Warm Vinaigrette
Paired with: Terre de Levant Cotes de Ventoux 2004 which is a Syrah and Grenache Noir blend
Rosemary Lamb Popsicles with Yukon Gold potatoes and Peas and Carrots in a Lavender Butter (funny story about the butter, I'll tell you later)
Paired with Taylor Fladgate Port (too lazy to look at the bottle, but I am 90% sure that it is a 10yr old tawny)
Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse Cake with Blood Orange Sauce
All I can say is ~ what a success! Rob seemed to really enjoy it and I got that super rush of being able to pull it off and still have enough time and energy to EAT the meal! My portions were pretty good for a tasting menu, except that I could have scaled down the foie gras and the cake. Other wise, small portions leaving room for the next course.