sexta-feira, 13 de maio de 2011

This time the menu was inspired on recent Easter and upcoming Spring. Fresh vegetables and flowers had to be present to recreate the season. So we came up with a fresh artichoke salad with Azores cheese thin slices and organic bacon from Freixo do Meio, sprinkled with fresh celery and mint from the garden and seasoned with olive oil, lemon (just picked from the tree), sea salt and some roasted almonds and pistachios on top.

The evening was inviting and drinks were served outside with a trio of dipping sauces.
The table reached its limit– 12 guests and 3 hosts as we deliberately choose to seat with our guests to enjoy and participate in these truly magic moments that happen when a group of people share good food, good wine and great conversation!
The artichoke salad was followed by a home-made duck liver pâté bonbon, covered with Green&Black's Trinitario chocolate, sea salt and Hush-hush garden’s tangerine marmalade which grabbed an echoing applause! Fantastic!
A frugal fresh coriander soup shot prepared the palate to the “Easter Rabbit” with herbs and Hush-hush garden’s lemon preserve sided by baked sweet potatoes from Algezur and sautés Swiss chards.

Casa da Carvalha 2008 was a perfect companion.

To reset the palate, rose petals jelly before a slice of moist carob cake sided by a dollop of Hush-hush garden’s lemon curd.
We drank Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setúbal 2004 with the desserts. Great combination!
Almond pie cubes (Rita’s grandmother’s recipe) disappeared in a blink, just before coffee and Hush-hush garden’s lemon verbena tea were served. Huge success!
 The guests, as always, were fantastic. Jane is British and decided to celebrate her birthday with us (Thank you Jane!) and she brought a Mexican friend, a Canadian friend and her boy-friend. Also her mom Jo and her husband John.

Renata , her husband Severino, Laura and Guido came from Italy for a vacation in Lisbon and included a visit to our supper club.

Iris and Vitor are starting their own supper club and came in a 007 mission! Once again, due to the generosity of our guests we experienced a wonderful evening!

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