I do love cooking. I woke up around 7:30, checked e-mail, made tea. Everyone was still asleep (still are), so I decided to start the prep for tonight. For the appetizer, I'm making a fancy layered portobello bruschetta
, which has many stages of preparation, most of which can be done in advance. I've finished marinating (balsamic, honey, brown sugar, thyme) and baking the portobello mushrooms; the red onions are gently sauteing now. In a bit, I'll roast the red peppers -- I'm a bit nervous about this step because I haven't actually roasted red peppers in a long time; usually I cheat and just buy the ones in jars. But I thought I'd try it this time; if I fail, I can always pick some up this afternoon. I forgot salad greens while shopping yesterday, so I do have to go back to the store.
I don't really want to be a housewife. I'd get bored. But I do like having the place clean, and I rather love putting together impressive meals. The menu for tonight:
- portobello bruschetta with rosemary aioli
- creamy asparagus soup
- potato-fennel gratin
- herb-crusted rack of lamb
- winter salad with roasted beets
- black forest cake
I'm not actually making the cake -- we ordered it yesterday from Artopolis. But everything else -- should be fun! I'm only slightly nervous about the rack of lamb, which I haven't cooked before. The other dishes I've made, and enjoyed muchly. The fennel adds a lovely delicacy to a potato gratin, and the roasted beets work surprisingly well in a salad. Mmmm...
Around 11-ish, if everyone's up, I'm planning to take Sharmi and Ryan down to show them Hyde Park. We'll have lunch there, and then come back up; I'll go back to cooking, and they'll either go to the Art Institute or a film (it's Chicago film festival time). Nice day. Not getting any actual work done, but nice day. :-)