Dinner recap

Last night’s dinner was so good. It was also a very pleasant evening with good friends, but I do have to say that the food was amazing as well, even if I did make it myself.


That’s the rainbow chard gratin: chard leaves and stems cooked separately, then baked with béchamel sauce and grated Parmesan — with panko on top for crispness, Erik’s excellent idea. The chard was tender and flavorful and the sauce velvety and luscious. I won’t tell you how much butter was in it, but the sad thing is it’s still less than the amount that goes into any decent cake. Sigh for us dessert lovers.

Cheese plate

Here’s my own freshly baked crusty French bread, sliced and served with Reblochon (somewhat similar to Brie) from Laurent Bonjour and smoked Gouda from the Winchester Cheese Co.

I also made garlic bread with another loaf of the bread.

For dessert, which I alas forgot to take a pictor of, we had lemon sorbet and vanilla pudding (see yesterday’s entry for linked recipes).

Here we are, with me looking impossibly nerdy for some reason (but my arms look good, yay Pilates!).

Lisa, Ying, and Stale

After dinner we went to the living room and the girls talked about girl things (possible paint schemes for the bedroom, bathroom, and living room), and the boys talked about boy things (buying stocks and air conditioners). Hee.

And that was our evening!

Lisa and Erik2

And now… two gratuitous kitty pictors. 🙂

Flying Lyapa2

Lyapa bathing in the sunlight

The end!

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com.]