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An Autumn Eating Adventure

Posted in Dinners, Food, Pairings, Wine on October 18th, 2009 by nita – Be the first to comment

A version of this meal was served to my dear friends, Roshni and Anand… just a week ago. Unfortunately, no camera with batteries that day… so here is a similar harvest menu that I have perfected with exquisite pairings to match (with the help of Joe – thank you!)

tuna carpaccioTuna Carpaccio with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette ~ Wine 2007 Summerer Gruner Veltliner

scallop carrot soupCarrot and Fennel Soup with Seared Scallop ~ Wine 2007 Francois Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir

Breaded soft boiled egg truffled lentilBreaded, Soft boiled Egg Atop Truffled Lentils ~ Wine 2004 Damilano Barbera d’Alba

short rib pureeHoney and Vinegar Braised Short Ribs with Sunchoke and Celeriac Puree (And Brussel Sprout “Chips”) ~ Wine 2007 Bodegas Mas Alta Els Pics Priorat

For Dessert, I tried to create the incredible chocolate tart that I spoke of in my last post (the one from Serenade.) It was a valiant effort, but I still couldn’t get the crust as delicate as they did. Since then, however, I did successfully replicate a dessert that I tasted at The Bernards Inn a few years ago. They were mini baking apples, hollowed out and filled with a vanilla custard, baked, and then “bruleed.” A perfect ending for this harvest meal…

Until next time, eat well… and Cheers!

I was “Serenaded” Twice in one Week!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17th, 2009 by nita – Be the first to comment

Silly title for a post, I know. But it’s true!

I attended a fabulous vocal performance a few Thursdays ago where my ridiculously talented friend, Sadia, “serenaded” us with her diva-esque voice. The first time I heard her sing was at an intimate gathering, where there was no need for microphones/etc. The acoustics in the room were enough. And her voice – tremendous. It’s amazing how such a strong and powerful tone can come out of a wee little thing…. but then again, the best things come in small packages… right? Ok, I’m full of corny remarks today… lol. To my delight, she serenaded birthday boy Joe with the song that I first heard her sing at the intimate gathering that I speak of above… “An older man is like an elegant wine.” Manish and I were honored and thrilled to be part of the lucky crowd there that evening. We are a couple of her biggest fans! :)

The very next evening, I was treated to dinner at “Serenade” in Chatham. See… now you get it! My incredibly generous and dear friend, Roshni, was the genius behind this surprise. What a delicious evening we enjoyed!

We started off with hibiscus martinis, and were told to eat the flower after we finished the libation. I don’t know why we didn’t think twice, but we did what we were told… and it was delicious! I started off with seared scallops with lobster and pea shoots and had the 2003 Michel Colin-Deleger “En Remilly” Chassagne Montrachet to go along with it. The scallops were divine, and the wine paired so well. Roshni had the Tuna Tartare and had the 2008 Barmes Buecher Riesling Tradition to pair. Her dish was equally as tasty, and the wine paired very nicely. For my main course, I opted for a more traidtional Filet with creamy potatoes and wilted spinach. That paired tremendously with the 2005 Chateau Bellevue Fronsac. Roshni had the rack of lamb for dinner and a the lovely 2004 “Les Artèmes” Domaine de la Citadelle. Of course, we HAD to get dessert – and two at that! We enjoyed an incredible chocolate tart with a delicate, crispy crust, as well as an apple cobbler with caramel ice cream. Divine. Thank you again, Rosh, from the bottom of my heart!

Needless to say, I felt pretty lucky to be SERENADED twice in one week… thanks, ladies – for the great memories!