No rest for the wicked.
And Matt and I are, apparently, very wicked.
We had friends over for dinner...scheduled for Saturday night, rescheduled for Sunday.
Seven of us (including Alex), and lots and lots of food.
Matt and I spent most of Friday night, a small chunk of Saturday night (after we came back from finally seeing Batman Begins...side note: one fantastic movie. Matt said it may be the best superhero film yet...), and finished up, along with cleaning up the house, just as guests arrived.
Much food, and it went like this:
Crudites with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Fried Raviolli with Arrabiata Sauce and Vegetarian Potstickers with Dipping Sauce
Tortilla Cups with Refried Beans
Pommes Annette...nine slices of thinly sliced potatoes, with goat cheese between each layer
Mini Basil Burgers
Grilled Jerk Chicken Kebabs
White Chocolate Cake, with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and Dulce de Leche Filling
Now for the wrap-up:
Shooters were nice. Spicy gazpacho, jalapeno peppers in the soup. Nice way to start.
I didn't actually get around to the hummus...I didn't eat too much, as it turns out. I was just too tired out!
Tasty eggs; I had an accident with the smoked paprika, though!
We cheated, and bought the pasta and potstickers. The raviolli are dusted with cornmeal, and served with a spicy tomato sauce. The potstickers are completely vegetarian, and come filled with vegetables or a gluten 'chicken'. I prefer the veg...
The tortilla cups were my own idea. Flour tortillas formed in molds, to make little cups. Filled with salsa and beans cooked together, with a little chile powder. Topped with cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
Crunchy bowl, and very filling filling!
Pommes Annette...just lovely. Little seasoned potato stacks, with tiny bursts of chevre. Mmm...I really liked these.
The basil burgers were just the miniature versions of a previous post. Matt made tiny rolls to go with. Cute, aren't they?
A very spicy marinade for jerk chicken (you're actually seeing my Veat kebabs there); four Scotch bonnets, and it had an extra day to soak up! Hot, but good.
And of course...cake!
I've been searching and searching for a good white chocolate cake recipe. I think I finally found it.
Eight ounces of melted white chocolate in the batter (I used Ghiradelli), and twelve ounces in the frosting! The original recipe called for an orange marmalade filling, but we're not big on fruity desserts (unless, of course, it's just some gorgeous fresh fruit). I had a can of dulce de leche in the cupboard, and thought it would give the cake that extra 'oomph'.
A thin layer of buttercream on the first layer, and a full can of dulce de leche. Top with second layer. Then I realized I really wanted the other side to be the top, and flipped it. Giving me a very thin layer of caramel on top, and lots and lots of buttercream.
Amazing cake. The white chocolate was there, not as an afterthought, but a full-on flavor. The buttercream was a bit of trouble...I had to add extra powdered sugar to get it to the 'thick and creamy' stage.
But really good cake. I'm hanging on to this one!
Our guests ate too much, complained about how full they were, ate a bit more, and after chatting for a bit, rolled out the door.
Which is exactly what we were going for.
And now? Oh...we're tired. So very tired.