Saturday, December 26, 2015
Christmas Eve: a five course dinner
Merry Christmas to you guys! In these pictures above is my own little Christmas tree that is in my studio (decorated with leftover ornaments from my parents'). I insisted on having my own Christmas tree this year and I fell in love with it! It absolutely attributed to a great Christmas Eve yesterday! For Christmas Eve I decided to prepare a five course dinner for my boyfriend, and surprisingly everything turned out perfectly! Unfortunately we spent the rest of the night doing the dishes... Nevertheless we had a delicious dinner night! Good thing that I'm about to share it with you here :-)
We started off with some diagonally sliced bread sprinkled with olive oil, rubbed with garlic, and topped off with rosemary - finally roast the slices in the oven and you're done! Easy-peasy.
Appetizer: [saw this recipe in Allerhande] duck breast carpaccio with orange marmalade and cress.
Entree: tomato cream soup with bread and herb butter
Main course: Chateaubriand (piece of beef tenderloin). This is how you're supposed to prepare it:
1. Get it out of the fridge 1 hour in advance
2. Preheat the oven to the indicated temperature.
3. After one hour, put a frying pan on the stove and put it on high heat.
5. Measure to find out how thick the meat is.
4. Take the meat and dab it with a paper towel until it is dry.
5. Put some liquid margarine in the frying pan.
6. Put some pepper on the meat.
7. Put the meat in the frying pan and put it on medium heat.
8. In around 2 minutes, make sure the meat colors brown all the way around.
9. Put the meat in an oven dish and put it in the oven. Set the oven for the time that matches the thickness of your piece of meat, and the way you want it cooked (medium, well-done).
10. Wait until it's done & eat it! :-)
It was a very delicious and way too expensive piece of meat.
Side dish #1: potatoes: boil them first. Cut them in halves. Then bake them in liquid margarine and olive oil. Sprinkle them, while in the frying pan, with some more olive oil and cover them in rosemary. When they are almost done, add garlic cut in small pieces.
Side dish #2 (my own recipe!): leek salad. Includes: leek, garlic, hazelnut, bacon, all cut in pieces and put together, then mixed with yogurt dressing (I got inspired by the Flammkuchen that I had at the SMKMRKT event that I wrote about on my blog before)
Dessert: whipped cream flavored ice cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce...Simple, but nonetheless very tasty!
I am very glad about the way it all turned out and also about the fact that my boyfriend really enjoyed this five course dinner, exceeding his expectations! I hope your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were very good as well!
Expect some more Christmas related posts in the upcoming days... :-)