Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dinner Guests: Tastes from Five Regions

Yesterday evening my sister Leah, and her sweetheart Riley came over for dinner.  We spent the day cleaning the house, setting the table, and getting dishes prepped.

We weren't sure what to make, and went back and forth with ideas before deciding on a menu, choosing some of our favourite dishes from different regions of the world.

The amuse bouche was Ukranian - a homemade perogy filled with potato, beet, dill and goat cheese.

That got the taste buds dancing!

Next we moved on to a Korean appetizer, seasoned rice pockets. 

We made the rice purple in colour by mixing black rice, and white sticky rice.  The rice is flavoured with a vinegary seasoning, and placed in yummy tofu pockets.

Next on the menu were Indian cilantro squares.  The smell of these frying up is amazing.

The next course was a coconut, red curry, Thai soup with shrimp.

We spaced each course out, and after soup, we moved into the basement to listen to a couple of vinyls.  Leah and Riley wanted to hear Christopher drum a bit, so he did a one minute drum solo, and then played a little jungle beat, while we had a very short dance party.

We moved upstairs for a Southern-U.S. inspired main course.

We had fried chicken:

Baked beans:

Mac and cheese, and coleslaw:

With buttermilk cornbread to round it all (or us) out:

Mmmmm, everything was a hit!

Once we stuffed our guests to the brim, we moved into the living room where the prospect of dessert was looming.

We waited about an hour before cutting into the desserts.

First up was a moist, gingerbread loaf/cake with spiced buttercream.

And then, there was also cherry-berries on a cloud.  It's a light, airy, pavlova-cheese-cakey piece of heaven.

Needless to say, it was a tasty evening

We're only satisfied when our dinner guests are in food-comas 

We're cruel like that.

How was your weekend?  What did you get up to?


Why am I here??? said...

Looks lovely Jolene. Where did you get that Indian inspired metaluc water jug? I want one ;)

Ian MB said...

Brilliant concept that looks delicious

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

@ Jennifer - Thank you! It's from Keos restaurant in Saskatoon; I asked the owner if I could buy one from her :-)

@ Ian - thank you!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow that all looks so amazing. The beet pirogues are so beautiful with that vibrant beer color!

This weekend has been really low key for me which is just what I needed as I haven't been feeling well. On Friday Phil helped me make a sweet potato and chorizo rice skillet dish and then on Saturday I made us pork and cabbage stew which was very good.

Unknown said...

AMAZING!!! The table and food look like absolute perfection!

Nicole said...

You are going to have to start posting where some of these recipes are from. It all looks amazing!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

@ Nicole - thank you! I'll try and round them up soon. Some we invented.