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shortlist no. 4 / august 14, 2010

August 18, 2010

Can’t you just see the stress in my handwriting?

See down there? Where I crossed out the main course? Yeah, that’s why.

What was supposed to be a hearty cold weather meal for 6 turned into a last minute decision to scrap the meat course (the cut was wrong and no amount of braising was going to make it tender) and throw together a pasta. Which then led to a frantic Sydney-wide search for pecorino romano…which led to visible stress.

All in all, though, apart from the nervous handwriting, this shortlist demonstrates just how repetitive I really am. A laurel-rester. This blog should be called The Fresh Bread and Kielbasi and Amatriciana and Actually Squash Cake Blog because that’s apparently all I make. I’ll take this as a challenge. Next dinner party (tomorrow)? The novel main course will not get scrapped! I will persevere! And if not, at least I have my stalwarts to fall back on.

late winter dinner for 6 (which began with champagne. That’s how stressed out I was)

four cheeses: Camembert (my favorite one), St. Agur, something Dutch or Swiss I can’t remember, and vintage cheddar with fig jam and truffle honey

salame (homemade, gift from friends)

kielbasi (obviously)

labne with za’atar and pita chips

fresh bread

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warm winter salad of chevril and watercress tossed in a hot prosciutto fat-orange juice vingarette, served on a bed of roasted beets, topped with gorgonzola dolce, crispy prosciutto, roasted baby carrots and red orach

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mezze maniche all’amatriciana (due to short ribs failure)

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Actually Squash Cake with mascarpone cream cheese frosting

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Brenna permalink
    August 18, 2010 11:59 pm

    ahhh so the short ribs bombed! Thanks for sharing the finished product šŸ˜‰

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