Sunday, January 22, 2006

Rob's Birthday Dinner

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.


Deetsa said...

I don't think there is a proper word in the English language for the sound a jaw makes when it drops to the floor and then drool spills out. Maybe Thudplush? I totally thudplush this meal. It looks amazing. YOU are amazing. You also have access to amazing things. *sigh*

Joe said...

Great job Linda! Everything looks so good... and that cake - Wow!

Cat said...

now that man of yours is one lucky man, i guess he wouldnt want to trade places with me so i could be your lucky man... if i was a man. well i could wear a suit and some stick on facial hair. mmhmm fantastic looking meal indeed :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! The pics look amazing, well done! Lucky Rob!

Randi said...

the cake looks especially yummy. care you share the recipe?

Unknown said...

recipes where possible are linked from the title of the course.
Thank you all for your compliments! *blushing*