My second baby boy was born in September, and even though there hasn't been much action in my kitchen lately, I managed to invite friends and family over for a few memorable meals.
|Jumbo deep fried shrimp with tartare sauce|
These are photos of a meal I made for my parents and a family friend. The menu included a to-die-for tartare sauce* (see recipe below), lamb with a bechamel truffle topping, and a chocolate orange souffle that made my parents cry.
|Lamb with bechamel truffle topping, green beans wrapped in bacon and mashed purple potatoes|
As lovers of good food, they were beaming with gluttonous pride. As a mother of two, I understand what motivates parents to cry with pride. My three-year old recently started swimming free-style beautifully, and my five-month old turned over on his own yesterday. Cue pride tears.
I can't wait to see what my sons come up with that will make me react the way my parents did. I'm guessing it was more than just the chocolate.
|Chocolate mousse with orange segment and juice reduction and pomegranate-stained candied orange zest|
Tartare sauce recipe:
- mayonnaise (I prefer to make my own - by hand - I swear it tastes differently). Whisk two egg yolks until creamy consistency and slowly pour 1 1/4 cups of vegetable oil while whisking very quickly.
add these ingredients to taste:
- lemon juice
- finely chopped capers
- finely chopped shallots
- fresh tarragon
- fresh parsley
- cayenne pepper
- 1 boiled egg (pressed through a fine sieve/chinois)