Special Dinner: June 2012
June 27, 2012 § 1 Comment
This year, Mr. E is doing a round of dinners based on The Lord of the Rings. (A short recap of the “project” can be found in the beginning of the Special Dinner: January 2012 post.) Due to a busy spring, we were lagging behind, but now we have caught up. Here, finally, is the June 2012 special dinner!
This dinner is based on what Tolkien’s dwarves might have eaten in their dwellings under the mountain: dried, preserved, pickled, what have you; possibly low-carb and protein heavy.
For starters, there was a mushroom soup. Mr. E also made pork sausage logs with a recipe from Martha Stewart (except omitting nutmeg and substituting black pepper for cayenne). With the sausage we had pickled veggies (cukes, beets, and asparagus) from local producers, plus home-made crispbread with rosemary. Everything was washed down with beer. For dessert Mr. E made honey-nut cakes.
For my table setting I pulled out as many earthy, rough, chunky, heavy plates and bowls as I could.
This was a very interesting, very different dinner. The mild sausage, soup, and bread contrasted with the sharp pickled veggies. It took a few tries to get the balance of sausage and pickles in a mouthful right, but once you got the gist the combination was enjoyable.