Special Dinner: July 2013

August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Mr. E decided on doing special dinners with a color theme this year. When Mr. E was little, he associated months with a combination of two colors (much like his colors for weekdays). His aim is to make dinner with ingredients that are naturally as close to each month’s colors as possible; food dyes are right out for this project. July colors are red and yellow.

Mr. E wanted to try a Spanish theme, and planned a meal with gazpacho, paella, and flan. We drank non-alcoholic bubbly with the meal.

Jul 2013 Special Dinner

The gazpacho contained garlic and tomatoes from a local farm. It was pretty much a safe bet, since we’ve made it several times. The paella and flan, however, is where Mr. E really flexed his kitchen muscles. The paella had red and yellow pepper, summer squash, shrimp and sausage, and Mr. E cooked it over open fire in an old cast iron spider.

Jul 2013 Main Cooked

It was not only beautiful to look at, but soooo tasty! Everything was soft and tender without being mushy, and the flavors mixed perfectly. It was truly special. The flan also came out beautiful, despite Mr. E’s worries.

Jul 2013 Flan

This was his first flan. Could’ve fooled me! And like the paella, the flan tasted very good. I’m duly impressed!

For the table, I decided to push the red towards the cooler shades, and used a cut from my fabric stash as makeshift cloth. The fabric has lime green and yellow accents that coordinate very nicely with our napkins and the yellow candles. Unfortunately there was nothing red or yellow in the yard I could’ve raided for a bouquet. (Except the first tomato blossoms, but those I wouldn’t touch!)

Jul 2013 Table

We both declared it a very successful dinner!

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