Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I don't know what it says about me exactly, but I like to celebrate with food.
I love to feast on special occasions. I love to make food that compliments the occasion. I love to make food that not only tastes great but adds to the festivities and decor.
I love to create color schemes and themes for dinners. I love candlelight dinners and picking background music. I love folding cloth napkins. I love splurging on fresh flowers for the table.
I love. love. love. feasting.
(Even when I don't have a dishwasher and a tornado hits the kitchen directly afterward. ick. And even when Judah gets fussy and blows out of his diaper as soon as we sit down to eat. rats. Nope, nothing can ruin it for me.)
My love made one more step toward geezerhood (hehe) and had a birthday on Sunday. He knows that part of his gift is the feasting and looks forward to it every year. THIS year, we invited his twin brother and sister-in-law to share in the festivities.
His requested meal:
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Mashed Red Potatoes
White Wine Cream Gravy
Caramelized Onion Tart
and of course, we had wine with it.
I decided I wanted the color theme to be dark red and chocolate brown with a bit of white thrown in. Kindof~ red wine and dark chocolate themed. Or- chocolate covered strawberries.
Along with the requested foods, I added some chocolate dribbled strawberries and cream, chocolate conversation heart cookies and some lovely bruschetta for snacking until supper.
His favorite cake has always been and will always (likely) be white cake with peanut butter frosting. Ironically, his twin brother Johns favorite cake is CHOCOLATE cake with peanut butter frosting. So I thought it would be nice to make them both their favorites into ONE cake.
I made the two batches of cake then cut each 9 inch round circle in half and layered it so one half would be white and one half would be chocolate. I used plenty of peanut butter frosting to glue the sides together. It worked out smashingly.
Company came early and I always feel SUPER weird about taking pictures of things like tables and food when people are around (am I alone in this??) so I never got a picture of most of the food or the table but it was beautiful. (Dark red table cloth with brown runner. Beaded red diamond placemat in center with red roses and white stock in a crystal vase with brown river rocks on bottom. Gold candlesticks with white candles on either side. Matching platters just recently given to us. Red glass water goblets. Loveliness.)
Didn't get a picture of the birthday boy either, but he is too.
He is the king of my heart.