This weekend went by in a flash. Somehow, I did not take one photo. And the time was filled with such great cooking! Oh well.
Friday night, The Boy and I did homemade pizza. A thunderstorm canceled our outdoor grilling plans but the pies were still tasty cooked in the oven. We made a prosciutto and arugula pizza and a veggie pizza (onion, zucchini, mushroom).
Saturday morning was spent in the Strip Dictrict getting things for a Saturday night dinner party. The Boy and I had decided to invite our parents over to his place for a casual dinner. I am not sure either of us had ever cooked for that many people (there were seven of us) so it was an adventure.
Overall, the dinner went great! The Boy actually did most of the cooking as I ran around and chopped and cleaned and poured drinks. Success 🙂
The menu was as follows:
Appetizers: Crostini with chevre and roasted red pepper, crostini with chevre and honey, prosciutto and melon
Salad: Caprese salad served on a bed of arugula
Main: Grilled lamb filets and fresh (homemade by The Boy!) summer pasta with zucchini, squash, carrots in a white wine sauce
Dessert: Ginger, lemon and raspberry angel food cake trifle
To Drink: Prosecco and Amarone
Now the day wasn’t without a few flaws. My angel food cake ‘trifle’ was supposed to be just a regular angel food cake. I used my tried and true recipe, subbing out the almond extract for lemon zest, lemon juice, and fresh chopped ginger. However, when I tried to whip my egg whites, they just would not turn into meringue. I whipped and whipped and finally just threw the thing in the oven. The tube pan proceeded to leak the thin batter all over the place but I soldiered on. Nothing a strategically placed cookie sheet couldn’t fix.
The cake did eventually bake, albeit unevenly. Luckily, some of the cake was salvageable. It wasn’t very pretty though, hence the entrance of the trifle idea. Cut into cubes and layered with a fresh raspberry sauce and whipped cream, the angel food cake became a passable dessert.
Lesson of the weekend: don’t freak out, just improvise!