Friday, 10 July 2015
My French Dinner
Last Saturday we invited some friends to share our French dinner. I am not entirely sure that the dinner was very French, but at least the wines were! Due to the heat wave that hit Brussels last weekend with temperature up towards 40C, it did not feel right to make a 'Coq au vine', one of my favourite French dishes. Neither was it the time to do another favourite 'Beef Bourguignon'! To hot for the soaring temperature. I settled for scallops for the starter, salmon for the main course and a white chocolate brulée for dessert. Here is the menu.
For starters I did some snacks; watermelon and a square of goat cheese or brie, salty biscuits and three version of tapenade. To this I served a Champagne that turned out to be wonderful.
After mingling with the snacks and the champagne...
...it was time to sit down for the first course: scallops in a creamy sauce made of fried shallot, banana, apple and cream, spiced with curry, honey and white balsamico. It is a very nice dish which I have made many times. It was served with a Gewurtstraminer from Alsace, which goes very well with this dish, since it is slightly 'sweet' taste. The Gewurtstraminer is also 'sweetish', so the two merges very nicely.
I don't know if the main course is really French(!), but at least the name is; 'Carly's Salmon en Papillote'. Salmon baked in brown paper with asparagus and spring onions. I found it very tasty myself. To this I served a white Chateauneuf-Du-Pape wine; Chateau des Fines Roches. I did not know this wine before so I was lucky it did go well with the food.
So to my favourite part of any dinner - the dessert. I was curious about this one. I love Crème Brulée and this is a variation including white chocolate. Does not make it worse as far as I am concerned. And...if I may say it myself, it was very good. At the last moment I added some sugar on top and put it under the oven grill, just for the slightly burned taste!
To the dessert I served a wine which turned out to be quite wonderful. A Vendange d'Octobre from Ardèche. Absolutely lovely! It will not be the last time I buy this wine.
After that coffee and sipping the last of the wine! We chatted into the night and had a very nice evening. Of course this comes naturally when you invite nice people! I hope they all enjoyed the dinner, the wine and the lovely summer evening!
All of this would not have happened without Paris in July! So thank you Tamara! I think that your dinner invitation will be much more French than mine. Looking forward to hearing about your dinner.