A simple salad of quickly poached shrimp, baby squid and crab meat chilled and laid out on a fish platter. Drizzled with lobster oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper and garnished with freshly chopped italian parsley. This was EXCELLENT. The lobster oil, a lovely and unusual gift from our trip to Vancouver, is just amazing. The flavor infused into the lovely orange oil is unlike anything I have tried before. And it really worked in this simple salad. It made the ordinary truly extraordinary. We didn’t use too much of it, so there is lots left for other experiments, mindful that it doesn’t last long once opened… Thanks CWID.
We started the festive evening with some bubbly, a bottle of prosecco for a toast to lots of things… :) The orchid is one of several raised in our garden and that is currently in full bloom.
A small clear bowl filled with more lobster oil was meant for dipping pieces of bread into to get more of that intense infusion of lobster flavor along with bits of lightly poached seafood.
With the seafood salad, we also put out a platter of organic chicken livers with butter and brandy and topped with salad of wild arugula and radishes. I have featured this dish before, and it was a special request of two of the guests that evening. Maybe I should have tried using turkey livers instead to keep in theme for the night… :) Friends who had just arrived from Canada, and who were previously amused by the amount of food we had in our luggage from our recent trip there, themselves carted back an entire side of maple smoked salmon, and shared it with us for the dinner. The salmon was delicious, less salty than other smoked salmons I have had, but not cloyingly sweet at all. It was beautifully textured as well. I was busy with the last minute flurry of cooking (the best laid plans and mis en place gone awry) in the kitchen, so guests helped themselves to appetizers and completely wiped out this spread before you. It’s amazing they had room for dinner! But then again, our guests seem to have trained themselves to come truly hungry… :)