Special Dinner: March 2014

April 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. For March, we picked one of his Indian cookbooks.

For starters, we had a fish and coconut soup. It was followed by palak murg, a mild chicken and spinach dish, with rice and naan. As dessert Mr. E made a rice pudding.

Mar 2014 Special Dinner

Mar 2014 Naan

I wanted to use paisley on the table as a nod to traditional design on the Indian subcontinent. Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the table setting, though. Well, d’oh! 🙂 You can see the fabric I used as tablecloth in the naan photo. Since the colors were quite riotous, I calmed them down with pale wooden chargers, beige and white plates and white bowls. We also had a candle on the table.

The soup and the main dish tasted very good – mild, yet flavorful. Unfortunately some of the more woody herbs Mr. E used (lemon grass and ginger) didn’t get pureed, and we ended up picking them off our teeth. The naan was very good also, except cooking it set off a smoke alarm. And Mr. E accidentally burned the pudding. Most of it ended up in the compost. It was too bad – some less-than-successes all around; but we got fed, and learned a trick or two. Such is life. 🙂

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