Sunday, 12 August 2012

Dinner Party Club Degustation Menu

A while ago, I introduced you to the founders of the dinner party club – the Urban Gardeners.  The other members include the Visitors from Hawkes Bay, the Creative Cooks, and the Bean Counters (Mr Sporting Bean Counter and Mrs Shopping Bean Counter).  MOTH has been talking for a long time about having a Degustation Menu as a theme, so we sent out a menu that went like this: amuse bouche, vegetable, soup, fish, salad, fowl, palate cleanser, meat, fruit, dessert.

This is what it looked like…

Course 1
Amuse Bouche: Salmon tartare, with crème fraiche in a poppy seed tuile
Wine: Dibon Cava Brut Reserve or Framingham F-Series Viognier 2010 (Marlborough)
By: Mr Visitor from Hawkes Bay

Course 2
Vegetable: “Toad in the Hole” – kumara poached in stock and saffron, with beetroot centre on jus reduction
Wine: Church Road 2009 Cabernet Merlot
By: The Creative Cooks

Course 3
Soup: Iced plum tomato soup with mozzarella and basil oil
Wine: Casco de la Cruz Pedro Ximenez Sherry
By: Your Friendly Blogger and the MOTH

Course 4
Fish: Poached salmon with beetroot relish and basil mayonnaise
Wine: Lawsons Dry Hills 2008 Riesling
By: The Urban Gardeners

Course 5
Salad: Roasted artichoke and pea salad
Wine: Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2010
By: The Bean Counters

Course 6
Fowl: Herbed chicken on rocket
Wine: Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2011
By: Mrs Visitor from Hawkes Bay

Course 7
Palate Cleanser: Raspberry and pinot noir sorbet
Wine: Matahiwi Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2010
By: The Creative Cooks

Course 8
Meat: Eye fillet and blue cheese on parsnip puree, with parsnip crisps and baked onions
Wine: Taylors Clare Valley Merlot 2010
By: Your Friendly Blogger and the MOTH

 Course 9
Fruit: Rhubarb fool
By: The Urban Gardeners
Course 10
Dessert: Rich chocolate on crème anglaise
Wine: D’Arenberg Noble Botryotinia F*ckeliana 2011
By: The Bean Counters

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