This past Sunday, our friend Jess cooked a gourmet three course lunch for Phil and I. She really went all out with the menu, creating some really beautiful and amazing dishes for us to feast on. Normally when we go over to friends' houses for a meal, it's quite a task. Between Phil not eating meat and me not eating cow's dairy, eggs and soy, the options are limited. Luckily we have Jess - her Mom owns a catering business in New Zealand, so she grew up around exciting cuisine.
If you want any of the recipes, send me a message or leave a comment. I can tell you this was all DELICIOUS and inspiring!
First course: seared scallops with apple salsa, butternut squash puree, and candied walnuts
For the meateaters, Jess added a slice of serrano ham. Peashoots adorned the top of the dish.
Second course: "flying pie" and mango & macadamia coleslaw
Poor Jess made this beautiful pie the day before and subsequently dropped it down an entire flight of stairs in her house (hence, "flying pie"). She managed to resurrect it - a beautiful homemade pastry topped with sliced potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and goat cheese.
The coleslaw wasn't that mayonnaise-coated nonsense we're used to. This was spicy, tangy, and full of flavor. A couple of different shredded cabbages, plus huge chunks of mango, candied walnuts, and red chili dressing all made this a recipe to hold onto!
Third course: roasted peaches with vanilla bean and smashed raspberries
So simple and healthy! The peaches were sliced, tossed with some scraped vanilla beans, and roasted in the oven. The raspberries were simple smashed up in a bowl with a bit of icing sugar. The result was quite a decadent dessert - better than a fruit salad, for sure!
Thanks Jess! We'll have to repay the favor sometime!