This is the card one of my most amazing friends, Elisa, gave
me with a lovely hostess gift for the GREEN FOOD PARTY
Did you hear me screaming from the middle of my local Farmer's Market yesterday around 10 a.m. PST? Well, I apologize for my internal scream that may have been heard around the globe, but the new issue of Food & Wine magazine has the most glorious looking/sounding recipe in it that I built my whole dinner party around.
Check out this link to this Food & Wine recipe (which does not do the print copy of the photo any justice, by the way) for Fava Bean and Cauliflower Risotto. The photo in the mag is of the most brilliant gorgeous green yumminess. I had to create a GREEN DINNER in its honor.
The evil thing that Food & Wine does not admit is that fava beans are NOT in season. I went to five markets and the Farmer's Market. So, I had to make a "twist" on the recipe and manipulated it to work with asparagus which oddly is still brought to the Farmer's Market each week in its most stellar flavorful form by one grower. It was delish, but I can't wait to make the Fava Bean recipe, which will, of course, be a very different beast.
So, the menu I built around the missing favas:
· Cocktail Hour
o Agua Fresca with Vodka (See recipe in previous Lazy Woman post -- it is the most brilliant gorgeous refreshingly delicious GREEN!)
o Green Hummus (with Cucumber, Celery, Broccoli, Edamame Crackers) (I make up my hummus recipes, but seriously you can take a basic hummus recipe and add a bunch of flat parsley. I add more lemon juice than called for as well. It's lovely green!)
o Green Olives from the Farmer’s Market
o Pea Soup – Crème Fraiche + Chives (recipe below)
o Green Risotto (Asparagus instead of Favas with a rough employment of the F&W recipe)
o Zucchini Pasta (Zucchini strips made with vegetable peeler and green spinach pasta noodles with avocado oil/pistachio pesto)
o Salad with Arugula, Green Tomato + Avocado + Artichoke Hearts
o Key Lime Tart with Chocolate Salted Ice Cream + Lime Whipped Cream
This photo is horrid...pretend you can see the pretty green hues. It was delish:
Table decorations were, of course, green. Again horrid pic but wanted to show that everyone had their own little dish of dried/salted green beans. Little private dishes of things make people really happy -- including me! And, oh my god the crunch. (Thank you Trader Joe's Gods.) Some people (including me!) sprinkled them on their Pea Soup.
For me the hit of the night was the pea soup. I forgot to take a pic last night when it was BRILLIANT GREEN. Here it is today, still pretty damned green, but last night the soup was as brilliant green as the mint. Not kidding. But, I made it Friday night and put it in the fridge and was delighted that when I got it out to heat it up on Saturday night it was as brilliant as it had been. Also, due to having little time I used frozen peas and the worked just fine as far as flavor. Ina Garten is a fricking GENIUS: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/fresh-pea-soup-recipe/index.html
The Key Lime Tart is phenomenal recipe. My go to place for baked goods recipes is Smitten Kitchen. http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/09/in-praise-of-the-pocket-sized/
I was driving to Long Beach for a meeting yesterday and got the inspired idea to serve the tart key lime tart with deep chocolate ice cream and whipped cream infused with lime (aka lime zest). But I got home too late to go to my local amazing "creamery" for the Salted Dark Chocolate Ice Cream. I had to stop at TJ's for Vodka so their chocolate coconut milk ice cream would have to do.
This is when you know you have the best friends on planet earth. One of my guests, sweeeeeet Robin, BROUGHT THE ICE CREAM that I had been dying to stop and get!!!! Magical dinner party ensues.
And, the Seuss green eggs and ham card was finally opened at the end of the evening as the final black & white proof that I have the best friends on planet earth. Not only are they PSYCHIC but they are poets:
We love to chew green food
we do not think it's rude
(to chew green food...in the nude)
We are wooed by your GREEN FOOD!