And we did. Savor and enjoy.
My favorite part of any meal, besides the dessert, is setting the table.
There is no such thing as too much red. (The M&Ms are dark chocolate cherry cordial...buy some, do.)
First course: shrimp cocktail
Second course: tomato bisque
(Tragically, no picture. I forgot and then the salad was gone. It was lovely though. Arugula, grape tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I drizzled a little extra balsamic vinegar on mine. I love that stuff. It makes my tongue sizzle.)
Fourth course: a palette cleansing lemon sorbet
|it looks a little like a pickled egg but it tasted like a gloriously sour lemon|
Fifth course: steak, scallops, roasted sweet potatoes
Sixth course: caramel walnut brownie and a raspberry tartlett
Seventh course: double gloucester and gouda cheese (not smoked gouda...cheese should not be smoked if you ask me), biscoff cookies and dark chocolate with lemon and black pepper. Geri brought the chocolate. The idea of black pepper gave me pause but once I tried it, I realized it is definitely something I can get behind.
It was a delightful meal. It's fun to pull out all the stops once in awhile.
Afterwards we sat around in a happy state, chatting. Geri gave me ideas for Emma's room and we talked over paint chips for a scheme I'm hatching elsewhere.
Sometimes life is just really lovely.