Saturday, March 7, 2009

Night out in the city

Tonight is a special treat -- supper at a friend's place -- and the friend happens to be one of the best cooks I know. He claims tonight's meal is not very fancy, but I'm beginning to doubt that. This decision is based partly on his track record, partly on the fact that he's mentioned two of my favourite words, polenta and duck.
The last time I had duck was at a birthday party in July, so that alone sounds like a spectacular (spec-quack-ular?) treat.
No photos possible until tomorrow. System here is too unfamiliar. Besides, the smells wafting into this little room are telling me it's time to be ready to eat!
PS Next day: the photo above was our first course at table, and appeared after several rounds of delightful appies in the living room. This avocado and shrimp salad is surrounded (clockwise) by tidbits of Dungeness crab claw, marinated seaweed, smoked salmon and smoked tuna, beet terrine, and teriyaki sablefish. And like I said, this was only the first course.
We also had the promised duck -- breast meat in a wonderfully rendered cherry sauce -- accompanied by steamed pea pods and an oniony polenta, otherwise known by its Romanian name, mamaliga.

After that there was a cheese course followed by fruit salad and baklava for dessert.

The video shows Peter engaged in one of the final steps as he prepares the corn meal dish.

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