A Food Blogger’s Welcome Dinner

October 6th, 2006

Being new to the world of food blogging, imagine my surprise when reading the latest post from Ros at Living To Eat! I saw that she had tagged me for a food bloggers event – a themed event in which bloggers around the world take part and write a post about. How exciting!

This particular event was dreamed up by Angelika at The Flying Apple and she posed the question ‘Which menu would you serve blogging friends for a welcome dinner upon their first visit to your home?’. You can see Angelika’s post here.

Well I got thinking and here is the menu I came up with:

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup
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Beef Wellington served with new potatoes, sautéed buttered spinach
and a red wine jus
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London Cheesecake served with blueberry coulis
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Coffee and Port

I decided to base my menu around the very English Beef Wellington; fillet of beef wrapped in pastry stuffed with pate and mushrooms. I’m afraid I would have to substitute shallots for the mushrooms though as Rob doesn’t like them.

The Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup I’ve chosen for the starter has become something of a staple for me. I like making soup and do so often so it seems right to include it.

I’ve selected a dessert from my favourite food writer, Nigella Lawson. Her London cheesecake is heavenly and my standard cheesecake (and of course it has London in the title so I have to include it). I’d serve it with a blueberry coulis, because I love blueberries and I think it would work really well, giving a splash of colour and fruity flavour to the simplicity of the cheesecake.

I would welcome everyone with a glass of champagne. As we clinked glasses Nora Jones and Jamie Cullum CDs would be playing softly in the background. The lights would be low and the flickering candles would give a glow to the faces of my new foodie friends. The conversation and laughter would fill the room and the wine would flow all night long.

I’ve tagged Amy at Cooking With Amy to take part.

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