Special Dish for the Week: Birthday Month Dinner

This Special Dish for the Week is one of the many celebrations that I invent this year to commemorate my life, including my:

Birthday Month Dinner

Birthday Dinner Menu 2016

Birthday Dinner Menu 2016

Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie Board

I invite a friend to share in some of my favourite dishes, which in this dinner turn into a Polish-German-African fusion.

I start with a charcuterie board consisting of homemade fermented pickles, Austrian schinkenspeck, and Winnipeg sausage (“kielbasa”).

My friend supplies a lovely Pinot Gris white wine from BC’s / Lillooet Fort Berens Estate Winery, and we begin toasting the meal…and well, me!

Charcuterie Board Table

Charcuterie Board Table

Fig and Green Peppercorn Soup

Fig and Green Peppercorn Soup

For second course, I serve Fig and Green Peppercorn Soup, which my French-speaking German friend introduced to me to during my Book Writing Tour 2013. The soup is once more a hit, with its flavourful and texture combination of sweet, savoury, gritty and creamy.

My guest and I agree that a few more peppercorns would have balanced the sweetness of the figs with spice a little better. My conversion from European grams North American millilitres is not so precise unfortunately. It is still delicious with the licorice flavour.

Fig and Green Peppercorn Soup Table

Fig and Green Peppercorn Soup Table

Butternut Squash Tagine

Butternut Squash Tagine

The main course likewise is a lovely combination of spicy and sweet, in the Butternut Squash Tagine.

Having made previous tagines with chickpeas and zucchini, I return to the original recipe of squash for this dish and “Maggify” it again with shittake mushrooms.

As usual, I garnish my plates with a little greens, such as cilantro, for added colour, flavour, and nutrition.

We pair this dish with the Meritage red wine from BC’s / Lillooet Fort Berens Estate Winery, which my friend also supplies.

Butternut Squash Tagine Table

Butternut Squash Tagine Table

Makowiec Polish Poppy Seed Cake

Makowiec Polish Poppy Seed Cake

For dessert, I bake a Polish poppy seed cake (“makowiec”), which is my friend’s favourite, and as I like it too, I stretch myself once more into baking (typically not my forte, unlike cooking). It is deliciously sweet. Some Polish loose leaf mint tea goes very well with it.

And in the Polish tradition of celebrating every occasion with flowers, I shower myself with my favourites: gerberas, and my friend showers me with these unique looking purplish flowers.

Birthday Flowers

Birthday Flowers

2 thoughts on “Special Dish for the Week: Birthday Month Dinner

    • I’m delighted to know that you have feasted with me on this celebratory Special Dish for the Week at least with your eyes and imagination 🙂 It is good to share meals with you!! 😉

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