Sunday, November 16, 2008

Birthday Dinners

I am extremely lucky that I have such incredible friends. My two long-time best friends, the Blonde and the Redhead took me to dinner at The Milton Inn, which was spectacular. My two neighbourhood best friends Cat & Dog, made dinner for me last night. They're both chefs, so I knew this would be a real treat.

Here's the menu:

Aged Cheddar and Onion Marmalade Crostini

Gonzo Boneless Short Ribs (Made with Gonzo Imperial Porter by Flying Dog Brewery) with Roasted Onions and Red Peppers

Goat Cheese Herbed Polenta

Braised Brussel Sprouts and Baby Carrots
Poached Pears, Cardamom Spiced Cake, Zinfandel Consumme and Caramel Creme

To say it was fantastic would be an understatement. It was just such fun to watch Dog put together the first part of the meal and then to watch Cat assemble the second part. They were gracious enough to let me take step-by-step photographs of them working.
  • Whipping the cream Painting the plates with the caramel and the wine reduction
    Plating the cake
    Poached Pears
    Quenelles of Caramel Creme The End.

Thanks Cat and John, and Blonde and Redhead! You all are the very best!


Anonymous said...

You are so lucky Meg!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Mmmm... lucky girl! Nice friends :-)

Julie said...

That's a beautiful meal. Yes, you are lucky. (But I'm sure your friends appreciate having such an appreciative friend!)

Anonymous said...

we do, we do

Lucky said...

happy birthday! you are one lucky chick!

John said...

Happy birthday! That food looks so darn good!