Last night, Rob prepared a seafood feast for my birthday dinner ~ I helpe dout a bit too.
To start, we shared a dozen oysters. I didn't tak a picture because, well, there are several in my archives and I just wanted to eat.
The second course was a creation straight out of Rob's mind; Stuffed Mushroom Caps.
Rob stuffed the caps with shrimp, herbs, cream cheese and other secret ingredients before baking them for 15 minutes and finishing them under the broiler.
The third course was my creation; a palate cleansing Chilled Fresh Pea Soup with Lemon.
Another made up recipe, this time it came out of my head. I gently cooked fresh green peas with a touch of white wine, before pureeing them in the food processor with the zest of a whole lemon. I din't have enough substance, so I wilted a little spinach, blended it and added it to the peas. then I seasoned with salt, pepper and nutmeg and whipped in some sour cream. Chill.
With the first three courses, we had a Cava, Spanish sparkling wine.
The final course was my request, from epicurious.com ~ Black Cod with Lemon Vinaigrette and Herb Salad. Black Cod or Sablefish is a fish that makes an appearance on many Vancouver restaurants menues and I have been waniting to try it for a while now. We followed the epicurious recipe almost to the letter, except I bought a premade herb salad and while we were shoping on Granville Island, I stumbled across the first morel mushrooms of the season. We sauteed those with butter, added some fresh dill and served them over the sable fish. It was really just gilding the lily. Sablefish is so buttery and rich ~ I can't believe it took us so long to try it!
Dessert was my new favourite ice cream, Haagen Dazs Mayan Chocolate, as we watched The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.