I should have blogged about my husband's 30th birthday feast. It was a feast, indeed. I should have shared my experimentation with the Velvety Beet Cupcakes with Raspberry Icing. And I should have at least made a small blip on the Sous Vide lamb shanks we had for dinner the other night which were so good, they warranted making it a regular menu item in our household. It seems I do have a great deal to blog about, particularly the "Best Buttermilk Pancakes" recipe which I have tried a few times and have determined it ought to seriously rethink it's boastful name.
But for now, I will, for the sake of keeping this short and sweet, only choose one of the above.... The Birthday Dinner it is.
I had, for a long while, been wanting to plan a wonderful 30th birthday bash for my dear husband, but all surprises I had meticulously planned fell through for one reason or another. So I abandoned all hope and decided to do what I do best. Cook. Well, shop and then cook. I hit up a number of different shops around town to make the perfect evening. And I even ordered fresh, organic, game meat from a local ranch. Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch, CRMR Home, Mercato, Bin 905, and Janice Beaton Cheeses set the stage for what would be a night of fine dining in the comfort of our little home.
We began with some finely selected cheeses: Brillat Savarin with truffles, Chimay, Bleu de Basque, an Appenzeller-style cheese which I now forget the name, and a ash-rind goat cheese that was a little puck of yum... all with fresh figs.
We enjoyed some game salami; elk salami and smoked buffalo. And fresh authentic bruschetta.
Accompanied by a perfect bottle of bubbly, our evening was off to a good start.
The evening was going so well, we could have stopped there, but that wouldn't have been 'all-out' now would it?
What could I possible do to make this evening better?
Dinner was divine.
Unfortunately, my husband had a prior evening engagement that he could not miss, and so our dinner was coming to a close.
Though it wouldn't be much of a birthday if I didn't at least give him a little gift, no?
|Nothing a little Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon won't fix ;)|
All in all, there is little about the evening that wasn't perfect.
And he was in heaven.
Just where you wanna be when you feel you're over the hill.........
......... on a cloud of culinary bliss with your loved one.