The day for moving is drawing closer and I feel the year-end holidays beginning to stalk toward all of us. That made it a good time for a more leisurely, perhaps last dinner with two other couples we have enjoyed being with for over one and two decades.
The menu was decided on Monday, the shopping began Thursday and the table was set yesterday. As I finished it with the candles in the middle that are refusing to stand straight, I am filled with gratitude that I am able to do this for my friends. The saddest tug of moving is leaving people behind. Both couples have promised to come visit us and it’s certainly not like we’re leaving the continent, but I know the competing calls of every life that make it difficult to do all we want.
The apple cake and caramel sauce is all I have been able to make so far this day. It is now time to start the rest for an evening I know I will treasure. Here’s the menu they have not heard yet, but I think will be good. I have a somewhat questionable reputation of trying recipes on friends but this time it’s only one.
Hors d’oeuvres – olives, crackers, cheeses, thin deli meat
Dinner – salad (This is the experiment with citrus fruit, almonds, greens, pomegranate seeds and it says to put in grated carrot which would be great for color, but I’ll decide as making.), stuffed and rolled flank steak, potatoes baked in cream (this should result in a delicate dish with grated potatoes rather than sliced), steamed green beans (People are so picky with vegetables!), french bread
Dessert – apple cake and caramel sauce with ice cream. This is a tried and
true very rich, always well received dessert I got from Gourmet Magazine years ago.
Drinks – Beer, wine, juice, water. Everyone’s different.
I am so lucky and grateful to be doing this.