Yesterday I invented a dessert - at least I think I did.
We had Paul's mum and dad coming over for dinner and I couldn't decide what to make for dessert. I had bought come Bramley cooking apples and was going to make a simple apple pie. After much mumbling to myself I thought that apple pie, yummy as it is, is just too ordinary.
In my freezer I had half a packet of raspberries and half a packet of blueberries. After adding some sugar and heating them through there wasn't enough of them put together to make enough of anything. So, armed with my cooking apples I used two of them to bulk the rest of the fruits up!
I cut the cooking apples into chunks and added a little water and sugar and simmered in a saucepan, lid on, until tender.
Now I had enough fruit to fill four ramekins. Feeling pleased with myself, I had the idea of dolloping the top of each ramekin with some Mascarpone cheese. When it came to serving, I heated the ramekins in the oven just so the fruit got warmed through. Then after adding the Mascarpone, I sprinkled a good amount of sugar on top of each. Out then came my cooks blowtorch making the sugar caramelise into a brulee type topping.
I suppose you could put them under a hot grill but it wouldn't be as much fun as using a blowtorch! Served with ice cream - double yum on a plate!
For our starter I did fresh figs, dollop of goats cheese in the middle and warmed in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese just started to get on it's way to melting. Out came the blowtorch to give it a bit of colour. I had some Prosciutto (Parma ham) left over from the main course and with a few salad leaves drizzled with a mixture of equal amounts mixed together of balsamic vinegar and Extra Virgin olive oil.
Now, they won't be too pleased with me for this. But this is Paul's mum and dad, Anita and John.
For our main course, we had chicken. When I tell you what I stuffed the chicken with you will think nooooo - as it was 3 kinds of cheese and spinach!
Yes, that means every course had cheese in it!
I'll blog about the main course in another post. That's a total of 5 different cheeses in one 3 course meal - do I hold the world record?!
All in all it was a really good night, even if my menu was a bit 'experimental'!