VDP: Four-Course Dinner

Friday, March 28, 2008

We had a friend visiting from out of town, and she is a vegetarian. What better excuse to make a multi course dinner with no meat? Here is the line up.

White bean and spring onion Soup with Green herb oil.

Sauteed a bunch of spring onions and added cooked white beans and their cooking liquid. When it was done I pureed it with my handheld blender. For the oil, I blanched the tops of the spring onions, basil and parsley. I then pureed the herbs with olive oil.

Steamed Asparagus with Parmigiano Reggiano.

Simply cooked and dressed with olive oil and lemon.

Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Peppers and Mushrooms.

These gnocchi are not the potato kind. Instead they are made from ricotta, flour and eggs. They are exceptionally light and work with all kinds of sauces, especially lighter ones like this one.

Almond Cake with Vanilla Honey Malt Ice cream

I actually forgot to take a picture of this one. The recipe for the cake is from Dorie Greenspan’s ‘Baking: From My Home to Yours‘ where she calls it something like Almond Visiting Cake or something. The ice cream is a recipe from Michel Richard’s ‘Happy in the Kitchen‘.

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