I had a busy 8/08/08. In addition to the kick ass 80's party I attended I also catered a six person dinner party in a fancy penthouse apartment in Center City - but I didn't take ONE picture. Not one! Unbelievable! And I call myself a blogger?
But since this is my first catering gig I'm still going to give you the menu and link the dishes to the recipes I used to inspire me. Just use your imagination. The hostess likes light and healthy and I wasn't serving the meal so it had to be something that could be served cold or easily reheated. I went sort of French Bistro-esque.
Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream Cheese rolled in Herb Crepes - I got this recipe from Epicurious - I used cucumbers instead of radishes and mixed them right into the cream cheese. So good - I couldn't stop eating the ends!
Fresh Pea Soup with dollop of Low Fat Sour Cream - Another Epicurious recipe - this was a beautiful bright green and after I put it through a sieve (which got a little bit messy!) it was really silky. I decided to top it with low fat sour cream because, like I said, the hostess is fairly health conscience. But I'm sure creme fraiche would be really good.
Nicoise Salad with Seared Tuna - Basic Nicoise with boiled potatoes, blanched haricot verts, olives, lemon vinaigrette. Instead of the olive oil packed tuna I used fresh, seared ahi that I marinated in the same lemon vinaigrette. The whole salad went over mixed greens - I thought this was just perfect for a warm day!
Peach and Raspberry Galette - Another great recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I've made her mushroom stilton galette and her butternut squash gallete but I hadn't made a sweet one until now. I used local Jersey peaches and raspberries - the only problem with this is that I can't taste test it! It looked pretty and I didn't hear anything bad so I'm hoping my notice baking skills were okay.