Monday, December 17, 2007

What a Fun Weekend

My brother C. drove from Iowa Friday. He arrived around 1:30 - 2:00 P.M. After he made a shopping list, son J., brother C., and I headed to Costco to purchase the food for Saturday's dinner. On the way back from Costco we stopped at the local grocery store to get those items, Costco didn't have. After supper Friday C. started his no-knead breads, one white and one dark bread and roasted two Butternut squash for the Butternut squash soap.

The really busy time was Saturday. Shortly after breakfast, C. and J. were punching down bread dough, slicing and marinade zucchini, putting the apple wood chips to soak for smoking the trout. While all that was going on, the oven and C.'s huge Dutch oven were preheating. Soon the house was filled with the odor of baking bread, and apple, basil smoke for the trout because every time the door to the patio was opened, the smoke odor came in.

The afternoon kept the two cooks busy finishing the liver pate, slicing the shallots, getting the cream cheese to room temperature, inserting sliced garlic into the pork roast and covering it with rosemary. They also used the mandolin to slice a couple Spanish onions and potatoes for the potato, onion and tomato basil casserole (I forget the name for this dish). Once these were in the oven, J. started dicing apples cooking them in butter, sugar and Bandy while C. made the crepe batter.

Finally all was ready and we had:

Appetizer course:

Marinated zucchini.
Cream cheese, shallots and smoked trout on white or dark bread.
Liver Pate on white or dark bread.

Soup course:

Butternut squash soup with toasted walnuts and blue cheese.

Main course:

Potato casserole
Pork roast.

Dessert course:

Apple crepes.

And some of C.'s home made wine. (Again he will have to tell you what kind.)

It was a delicious meal, and GREAT fun to watch it come together. At 8:00 A.M. Sunday morning after C. headed back home at 6:00 A.M. I discovered he had left three of his cookbook here.

By Sunday afternoon, I was so exhausted by it all that I fell asleep while sitting in my wheelchair in the middle of our Mini Church (small group). I think I better rest up this week for this coming weekend and Christmas.


Blogger Britt-Arnhild said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend.

Monday, December 24, 2007 at 7:37:00 AM PST  
Blogger smilnsigh said...

Wishing you well, in the New Year.


Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 6:09:00 AM PST  

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