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
I invite a friend to share in some of my favourite dishes, which in this dinner turn into a Polish-German-African fusion.
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!
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.
The main course likewise is a lovely combination of spicy and sweet, in the Butternut Squash Tagine.
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.
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.