Cooking again – FINALLY! Dinner 1 – Ottolenghi and Ottolenghi

So for awhile there, i didn’t have one night at home for like 3 weeks straight, so no cooking :(. Right now, my aunts and cousin are here – so same thing – but I did have two nights home last week and took advantage to host 2 dinner parties.


Dinner 1:


 

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I really wanted to make something new because i’m jealous of all the cooking you’re doing and free nights to cook have become such a luxury, so I decided to try two recipes from Ottolenghi, plus one of my own.

The guests:

I had Pascal, Chloe, Sarah, and Francesa (don’t think you know her). Very fun crowd, lots of wine.

The Menu

Crunchy Orecchiette – typically served with Pappardelle and Broccoli Rabe but I thought it worked REALLY well with orecchiette and asparagus (harder to find rabe here). This was delicious – and I think kels would really like it.

Roasted eggplant with buttermilk sauce – i know you can’t have dairy so this may be a no-go, but if you want to splurge sometime, this is the one to do it with! It’s amazing. Definitely use all the recommended olive oil (even though it seems like a lot) and make sure to cook it for a long time (if anything I shouldve left mine in for longer). Hard to find za’atar, but it’s a GREAT spice, and you’ll use a lot. In France, they don’t have buttermilk, so you buy whole milk and then add lemon (or vinegar) to make it curdle

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Simple salad with heirloom tomatoes and fried mozza: I got great tiny heirloom tomatoes (they always have them here in all colors, they’re way cheaper than in the US, and they’re incredible). I got small ones and each person had 5 different colors of tomatoes on their plate. A mix of mache and arugula, simple balsamic vinaigrette. And then I made homemade fried mozzarella: sliced buffalo mozza, dipped in flour, the egg, than herb bread crumbs, and deep fried. This was awesome. 

 

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