Saturday, November 20, 2010

Traditional British Sunday Dinner on a Saturday - 11 people, 5 courses, and 9 bottles of wine and spirits

Tonight we got together with a great group of friends for a fantastic British-inspired meal. I know what most of you are thinking, but the food was really wonderful, and I wasn't surprised at all!

First Course - Appetizers
  • Angels and Devils on Horseback - apricots (angels - one toothpick) and prunes (devils - two toothpicks) stuffed with Asiago cheese and wrapped in bacon
Cocktail Pairing
  • Traditional Pimm's No. 1 Cup - 1 part Pimm's to 3 parts sparkling lemonade, ice, and sliced cucumbers
Angels on Horseback can also be made with oysters, but as we were trying to keep the appetizers lighter because of the main course, we went with the apricot version of the angels. That being said, the combination of dried fruit, cheese, and crisp bacon was so good that it was hard to let the apps cool down before devouring them! And the Pimm's - don't get me started - AMAZING cocktail! I LOVED it with the cucumbers!

Second Course - Soup
  • Pumpkin Thai Spice Shrimp Soup (topped with pumpkin seeds, shrimp, and organic cilantro)
Wine Pairing
  • Domaine Weinbach Clos des Capucins Gewurztraminer 2008, Vin d'Alsace, France
The soup was really fantastic, and contains a surprise - ground up shrimp shells - you'd never know it from the texture, though! The soup was so flavorful and quite spicy!

The Gewurtz was a great pairing with the soup, as it was sweet and cut through the spice.

Aroma - lychees
Taste - lychees, slightly bitter finish

Great soup, good wine pairing!

Third Course - Main Course
  • Roast Beef
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Roasted Parsnips
  • Carrots
  • Brussels Sprouts
Wine Pairing
  • Domaine La Roquète Châteauneuf du Pape 2006, France
  • El Coto Rioja 2005, Spain
This main course was just UNBELIEVABLE! The beef and all of the sides were served with the most amazingly delicious gravy. This was my first experience with Yorkshire pudding - now wonder the Brits love it! But the beef was melt-in-your-mouth fantastic and cooked perfectly to a medium-well without losing any of its tenderness. Wow, MT and TT - you really outdid yourselves!

The primary wine paired with this course was a really nice Châteauneuf du Pape, which was a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.

Aroma - currants
Taste - dark fruit, nice minerality, soft to moderate tannins

An excellent pairing for sure!

The secondary wine paired with this course was a Tempranillo.

Aroma - red fruit, old world musty
Taste - red fruit, musty, medium tannins

It held up well to the beef! I've tasted this wine before - see this wine's main page for the previous tasting notes.

Fourth Course - Cheese Course
  • Ardrahan - a washed rind cheese
  • Clothbound Quickes - a type of Cheddar
  • Purple Haze Chevre - lavender goat cheese
  • Stichelton - blue cheese
  • various accoutrement - apples, honey, cherries, mango chutney, many types of crackers including Digestives
  • English toffee
  • white chocolate covered pecans
Wine Pairing
  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand (with cheese and accoutrement)
  • Martinez Late Vintage Bottled Porto 2003, Portugal (with toffee and pecans)
I wasn't sure I could eat anymore at this point, but I swallowed my second tablet of Lactaid and dug in! First, the Sauvignon Blanc, which was crisp and yummy! It was the perfect pairing for the four cheeses. Regarding the cheeses, the Ardrahan reminded R of dirty feet, and I thought it was smoky, stinky, and a little barnyard. The Stickelton went great with the cherries!

I also tried the Port, which was lovely and rich and very raisiny - I really enjoyed it.

Fifth Course - Dessert
  • Ginger Rhubarb Bread Pudding
Wine Pairing
  • Pacific Rim Raspberry Framboise
  • Husch La Ribera Vineyards Postre Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2000, Mendocino, CA
This combination was UNBELIEVABLE! First the Framboise, then the very thick late harvest SB, which smelled and tasted of honey and white raisins. The bread pudding was fantastic and filling!

Another really fantastic dinner together!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dare I admit that the last piece of bread pudding was great for breakfast? Well, practically frnch toast and all that........