The starter was a simple salad with stuff lying around in our fridge & pantry. Nothing to write home about.
The shining star from tonight was a soup, which was inspired by the winning dish on this week's Top Chef Masters. It's a Celery Velout (soup) that is to die for. The recipe can be found here: http://www.bravotv.com/foodies/recipes/celery-velouteacute-with-salsa-verde-amp-lemon-oil
The only modifications we made are that we used 1 box of vegetable broth instead of the undisclosed amount of water in the T.C. version. We used 1 small tub of sour cream instead of creme fraiche, and we used store-bought salsa verde instead of making our own. Lemon oil was made by mixing juice of half a lemon with a few tablespoons of olive oil. We made it last night & it was even better today!
The main course was a sandwich loosely inspired by a previous greek-style sandwich (here). On a store-bought ciabatta loaf, we placed artichokes, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives, lemon juice, sprouts, hummus and muenster cheese. Lightly grilled, we actually ended up eating these open-faced, and used the top half to sop up the celery soup!
As if this weren't enough food (thank goodness we just worked out), we topped of our meal with what may be our best ice-cream recipe yet (we keep saying this, so I guess we are getting better?).
It's a spin on the plain vanilla ice cream recipe found in our ice cream maker's recipe book. Essentially we replaced the heavy whipping cream with... coconut milk! And no, not the "So Delicious Coconut Beverage" which we used on our last ice cream post (also seen here on Danielle's "Off The Map" Blog). We used TJ's canned coconut milk. To enhance flavor, and tie in with the lemon featured in the rest of the meal, we added a few drops of lemon oil, as well as a dash of cardamom. Wow, it was delicous and not too sweet!
1 1/8 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
3 cup canned coconut milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cardamom
4 drops lemon oil
lemon zest to taste
Follow machine's instructions