Thursday, September 06, 2012

DINNER WITH "LIFE IN SICILY"

Yesterday evening I was delighted to be able to cook for my friend and fellow-Modican-by-adoption Carol King, who is @LifeinSicily on twitter.

With the exception of the dessert, all the recipes for the dishes on the menu are my own and have been posted on this blog, so you will see links to them as you read the post:

To start with I made caponata, which you can serve at room temperature or cold.  This time I served it cold.  [Note:  I don't bother salting the aubergine prior to cooking any more.  I have finally come out on the "Don't" side of that culinary debate, having decided it's a waste of time.]




Caponata needs bread or something crunchy to go with it, so I made my Italianised Quesadillas:


Any Italian banquet requires pasta or rice, too, and, for a summer evening, I think this Herbed Risotto Cake is a good solution because it can be prepared in advance:



You slice it, just like a cake!



For the main course I prepared the Tamarind Chicken dish I invented a couple of weeks ago, served on dressed courgettes with datterini tomatoes which had been marinated in oil and lemon juice:



Raspberries are a rarity here, but eagle-eyed Carol had spotted a bar where the owners had just made a batch of raspberry ice cream, so she brought some along with lemon gelato too.  Delicious!



Then I brought out that old standby of mine which I call a lemon semifreddo but is really the much missed Jennifer Paterson's Suffolk Lemon Pudding from her book Seasonal Receipts.



It was good to see you, Carol.  Thanks for the company, the gelato and the laughs!

5 comments:

rosaria williams said...

It all sounds scrumptious!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Amazing - when am I coming for dinner? ;-)

Josep said...

I wouldn't say no to any of these dishes!

jams o donnell said...

will have to invite myself to dinner. Delicious!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Rodsaria. Rachel, Josep and jams - you'd all be very welcome!

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