Sunday, 19 February 2017
Queen of Hearts
Hubby and I went to a Valentine's Day dinner party last week, at Pam and Fraser's.
I knew Pam well growing up, and we went to high school together.
She has been living here in the city for many years and had invited us over on
number of occasions, but this was actually the first time we were able to make it.
Wow---what a treat!!
The evening was just lovely. It was on Wednesday night, and we were in the
heights of a blizzard most of the day.
Valentine's Day was day one of a two-day blizzard, with record breaking
snowfall and high winds. The entire city actually shut down for two whole days.
I must say, I did thoroughly enjoy the two extra days off.
We were literally housebound for the full two days, which made dinner at
Pam and Fraser's even sweeter.
The welcome was warm, atmosphere and company was awesome, and the food......
Pam and Fraser were fabulous hosts, and the night flew by. It was almost eleven
when we left to come home.
For anyone who knows me well, that is late for me on a work night.
As soon as we arrived, we were all served a beverage of choice.
Fraser has an enviable stock of local and imported beers that he is very eager to share.
Fraser popped the cork on a lovely bottle of champagne, and Pam surprised us with two delectable amuse-bouches before we all moved to the dining room for our meal.
I did not get pictures of those, but they were certainly photo-worthy.
After we ate the delectable little treasures, I commented that I should have brought
my camera to get some photos for a blog post, and Pam said she
wouldn't mind, so I whipped out my phone and started snapping--tehe!!
Below are photos of the meal as it progressed. The photos certainly show her
attention to detail and it is quite evident that Pam loves to cook and entertain.
First, we had a selection of roasted beets--red beets carved like roses, and thinly sliced
yellow beets shaped like hearts, with a variety cheeses spread between them.
Also on this plate, fresh mozzarella, balsamic pearls, and some fresh peas and cucumber..........
Pam even had fresh butter cut in the shape of little hearts to accompany the wonderful
fresh bread she had baked .......
Next.....homemade pasta, stuffed with crab and lobster, with a scrumptious cream sauce......
Just had to put this photo on, to show the perfect little heart-shape.
It tasted just as good as it looks....
Ooooohhhhhh---the main course. Lobster and cheeses baked in the body, string beans,
carrots and couscous with locally picked chanterelles.
Pam and Fraser picked these chanterelles last fall. believe it or not, I had never tasted
The entire meal was a fabulous experience for the soul and the taste-buds!
And of course, dessert was no different.
Homemade chocolate cake, cut in the shape of a heart and dipped in chocolate ganache, on
a drizzle of homemade raspberry syrup with fresh whipped cream.
Yum in my tum !!!
We all enjoyed dessert with fresh coffee, and then moved back in to
the living room to find this!!!!!!
A variety of delectable handmade chocolates, along with chocolate-dipped
fresh strawberries, to enjoy with an after dinner liqueur.
It didn't end there!
Each couple went home with a box of chocolate dipped strawberries, a
miniature dessert cake,,,,and a loaf of fresh homemade bread!!!!
To close, I'll borrow the song title from the Four Seasons....
Oh, what a night!!!!
Stay tuned, I'll post a synopsis of my dinner party in about a month or
so---planning it to take place around St. Patrick's Day.