I cannot heave my heart into my mouth.
But I can heave onto a plate, alongside some scallops and samphire. And so I did.
Last night my food companion (whose blog I hope will soon be up and running!) and I cooked dinner for a friend who is currently staying from New York. There was no thematic link between courses in terms of cuisine or palate- but there was a lot of shared dishes, music, laughter and food appreciation- which I'm sure you will can agree with, makes for a much better dinner party anyway.
The food is all sourced as independantly as possible, with a few fun little trips to the local deli, butcher etc- and even trotting across town to the Spanish foodstore in Notting Hill for the Pata Negra. Getting all the ingredients from each seperate source was such an old school and satisfying way to shop, a blog may have to follow...
But for now, here's a low down of the menu.
Seared scallops with saffrons potatoes, asparagus and samphire and aioli.
Lamb cutlets with a roasted walnut, goats cheese and fig salad.
The lamb was marinated in thyme and rosemary before being dressed in a beautiful looking sticky sauce of honey, red wine vinegar, cinnamon and star anise.
Grilled peaches with Bresola and Orange Blossom
Broad beans with pata negra
Elderflower and creme de cassis Granita