Tap, tap, tap. Is this thing on? It is? Ahem. I think I officially forfeited my right to a blogging merit badge when September rolled around and I still hadn’t written about a party that I threw in August. By the time October rolled around, it was positively embarrassing. And now that it’s November, it’s time to post the beautiful pictures that Sharona took of that dinner in August and get back on the blogging bandwagon.
So at that party in a galaxy far, far away (i.e., late last August) Sharona the Shutterbug (a recent FIDM student, fabulous photographer, and frequent guest at our house) brought her camera and mad skills to the dinner party, agreeing to snap a few photos of the party while Mr. Manhattan and I plied everyone with cocktails. Then I cooked up a few courses and we had a merry old time late into the evening.
Process shots of the dinner prep, like composing the summer berry trifle, will follow in a post shortly. For now, a brief recap of the menu. All pictures are Sharona’s.
We started with one of my favorite cocktails, the Madagascar orchid:
Then Michael arrived with his magical bag of cocktail paraphenalia.
He proceeded to make his outrageously delightful pisco sours concocted with his homemade calamondin marmalade.
For dinner, we started with a tuna tartare garnished with black sesame seeds. It’s the most beautiful and dramatic starter you can get for about 10 minutes of work … and an arm and a leg handed over at the fishmonger for sushi-grade ahi tuna.
For the main course, linguine with orange zest, vermouth, and shrimp. Easy as pie.
As a side dish, sugar snap peas tossed in a wok with garlic, sesame oil, and soy.
And, for the finale, a trifle of summer fruits, which we had great fun defiling until we actually ate it. (More in the recipe for the trifle, and shots of its construction and demise, coming up soon.)
I have many more pix and thoughts about the recipes, so look for future posts. Hopefully it wont’ take me three months to get tot them next time!