I responded to a casting call a few weeks ago for a new cooking reality show by BBC America called “Come Dine With Me”.
Seriously just writing the line above sends me to giggles. I have never in my life “responded to a casting call”. I am so NYC. (Insert more laughter here). Not. This Southern gal was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
But…it went really well! So, after all the prep work to make the BIG impression I was left with a beautifully dressed table, a clean apartment, a cute outfit, a new manicure and…the perfect components for a dinner party! So I jumped on the phone and VOILA…an inspired table meets inspired eats and made for a wonderful evening with friends.
I give you A Midsummer Nights Dinner!
Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic, Basil, Olive Oil nestled up against room temp oozy goodness Buratta Cheese with crunchy crostata. Face first works best 😉
Hand Rolled Pearl Pasta with Chorizo, tomatoe, Moroccan black olives, shrimp, fresh parsley and all tossed in harissa!
Shrimp Pil Pil (lemony goodness) with roasted artichokes drizzled with a warm herb vinegarette.
Dessert Anyone? How about fresh from the farmers market figs, strawberries and grapes?
Dinner is over but the memories are here to last. A wonderful evening of food and friends at home followed by an impromptu stroll down Smith St and a late night bonding sesh at BGH, even Sula came along! Princess was center of attention as usual! LOL.