On Saturday night we hosted our second preview night for Mi Casa-Su Casa, our speak easy supper club. The guests this go round were a group of funny, smart and adventurous food bloggers… eek!
I admit that I was a little nervous to cook for this group. They were all invited because they write blogs that I really like and I knew they were all super clever and very very wise in the ways of food. What if I totally screwed up?? What if the eggs wouldn’t peel, the fish wouldn’t cook evenly, the steaks took too long to fry? (I’ll give you a hint, all of those things actually happened… I just rolled with it.)
So, I spent all day Friday and all day Saturday prepping as much of my menu in advance as possible. I was like a US Marine… Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
Oh, you’d like to know what the menu was? I don’t blame you. Here it is!
Nibbles and cocktail on arrival- old fashioned deviled eggs, dill pickled carrots and sweet tea spiked with rum and mint.
Starter- Jethel’s baked trout served on bacon and fennel seed potato salad.
Main- Chicken fried steak with black eyed peas, braised asparagus, biscuits, gravy and chow chow.
Dessert- Strawberry shortcake (cream cheese pound caked with strawberries roasted with black pepper and balsamic and vanilla whipped cream.)
Friday morning saw me baking the cakes and brewing the tea. On Friday afternoon I was storing away the beans, which had been slow cooked with onion and a smoked ham hock. Friday evening was spent stirring up the gravy, which took me three goes because I kept getting distracted by the frying of bacon and the toasting of fennel seeds for the potato salad and then my gravy would go all thick and gluggy and lumpy. Note to self… focus on the gravy.
On Saturday I filleted and portioned the fish and put it in the fridge to marinate. I boiled and peeled two batches of hard boiled eggs because the first batch wanted to hang on to their shells like they were made of gold and ended up a holey mess (and, yes. I did buy the eggs way in advance and let them age so that wouldn’t happen. But it still happened. This is why I hate eggs.) I baked the biscuits and prepped the asparagus and the strawberries.
And all this prep work helped me calm down and focus (except for that damn gravy) and remember why we’re hosting these dinners in the first place. I stopped feeling nervous and started feeling really excited! Soon our house was going to be full of people who love food! People who love food just as much as I do and who are willing to be brave and come try this crazy experiment with us! This wasn’t scary… this was awesome!
And by the time the bloggers rolled in, hungry and chatty and snapping pictures of our still-somewhat-under-decorated-apartment, I was pumped!
I’ll tell you more about how the actual evening went in another post later this week.
If you’re interested in joining us for a Mi Casa-Su Casa dinner, we still have some seats available for 3 November. Want to join us? Email me at email@example.com