Last week can be summed up pretty much in 5 words: work, CrossFit, eat, sleep and avocados.
Wait, what, avocados?
After I spent the majority of the week working toward some really tight deadlines under immense pressure, while trying not to neglect my personal well-being too much, my highlight was going to be a dinner party I hosted yesterday. I invited a handful of friends over and cooked a little paleo menu for them. This was my first time ever cooking for that many people and I have to admit, I was a bit nervous!
I had planned out my meal and tried getting ahead of grocery shopping all week. Especially those damned avocados that needed to be super-ripe by Saturday. Considering I only got to buy them on Friday, I think things worked out ok. ;o) [I did spend a good amount of time trying to pick the ripest at the store. The checkout girl gave me a funny look, but yes, I really do want to buy 10 avocados.]
I did most of the shopping on Friday and only needed a handful more items on Saturday. Yet, I got up early, ran my errands and then got cooking.
This was my menu:
Rosemary crackers with guacamole and liver pâté
Zucchini caprese salad
Chocolate mousse with spicy pepitas
That’s about all the pictures I managed to take. At one point, I was so in the flow, that I kept going without bothering to document the progress and final dishes. I only realized that after the food was all gone. Ooopsie!
The party itself was really lovely. I did a very basic table setting, nothing special, served water, beer and wine and then allowed myself to enjoy the company. I was a little nervous at first and wondered whether my food was liked, but it was mostly gone, so I’m assuming the answer was yes. My guests stayed for quite a while and because everybody knew everybody, we had a nice conversation going on. It was a fantastic evening and my only regret is the lack of pictures.
The recipes themselves turned out great. The crackers were a little too crumbly (the egg wasn’t big enough), but everything else was lovely. I was a bit skeptical about the chocolate mousse which was avocado and banana based. It did not taste like avocado at all. It was super-creamy and certainly not lacking dairy. The pepitas were a stopgap because I couldn’t find cocoa nibs at the store, but they worked very nicely! They added a nice crunch and since the guacamole and chili had already been spicy, they went well with the theme for the evening.
Overall, the evening was a great success!
Before I head off to bed, have last week’s wears: