I just love a good dinner party, don’t you!?
Karen had us over along with some new friends she made who are spending the winter here in Cville and their daughter visiting from California. We have a lot in common. It was so nice to get to know one another over a beautiful meal.
To start, we had appetizers supplied by Matt and me: my favorite bleu cheese (Bleu d’Auvergne from Whole Foods), tamari pumpkin seeds (also from WF bulk bins) and crackers, plus some plump grapes.
The pumpkin seeds were a really good find!
We also enjoyed a little vino – half glass to start and half glass with dinner for moi.
Karen made her famous vegetable lasagna for dinner, with whole wheat noodles (so chewy – LOVE!) and mushrooms with sundried tomatoes inside. Plus toasted ciabatta bread drizzled in olive oil.
And a side salad with peppers, garbanzos, carrots and avocado – her latest and the greatest combo!
The highlight (of course!) for me was Simran’s desserts. She is a trained pastry chef from the CIA and baked up the most delicious treats –
Baklava – which was as ooey gooey as ever
And an Apple Rum Cake…
Served with a homemade rum-spiked whipped cream!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh man was I in a cloud of rum heaven!
Boy-O-boy did my sleeplessness catch up to me. Would you believe I am going to bed with emails yet to reply to in my inbox!? That’s how tired I now am.