Despite it being St. Patricks Day weekend, my culinary mission of the evening had no traditional Irish food whatsoever. The courses where planned with my mom’s tastes in thought, being her birthday the previous day, and a lovely afternoon of shopping and evening of cooking began.
For the hors d’oeuvres, we served graffiti eggplant, caramelized onion and walnut crostini which were quite delicious, if I don’t say so myself!
Our second course was a salad from “Barefoot in Paris” by Ina Garten. It’s fantastic because the salad is so simple yet so elegant and tangy! The warm goat cheese on toast is a great counterbalance to the acidic dressing in the greens.
Now for the entree! I usually am not a huge white fish lover, but since it was on request for the evening, I complied and found a quite delicious looking Malaysian swordfish dish. It had an amazing sauce with lime, coconut milk, shallots, cilantro, chili paste and lemongrass, although when making the sauce, we found that lemongrass does not easily break down in a food processor. Broiling the fish was a bit more tricky, seeing as we rarely broil our fish, but in the end it was a completely succulent success!
And lastly for the dessert! I found this great recipe online for pistachio cupcakes and thought they came out just perfectly! They had this light pistachio flavor and slightly rich frosting that combined for a perfect cupcake! Check out the link below for the recipe!
Keep cooking :)