We wanted an elegant, festive and rich meal. But we wanted to eat it informally. And with some of our crew away on holidays, we were hobbled a bit in the kitchen… So what could be served that was relatively easy yet appropriate for the occasion, a holiday get-together with some very good friends?
I made a simple smoked salmon and dill spread that was served with toast. Mrs. MM made a FABULOUS shrimp bisque, a properly thickened shellfish soup, redolent with shrimp essence. Flavored with a touch of cognac, it would be perfect for cold weather, but was utterly delicious with the airconditioning turned on instead.
I made popovers or Yorkshire Pudding to go with the roast beef… the popovers were not big enough, so some were more doughy than others…
A typical plate that evening at dinner. Roast Beef, haricots verts (beans), pan roasted carrots, a portabello mushroom saute, popover, gravy and for dessert, apple pie a la mode. Delicious!