I guess Fall is the time of the year to entertain distinguished guests. Almost a year ago, on a visit to New York City, I had the pleasure of cooking for my dearest friend Reggie Darling. This year, I am thrilled to be making lunch this Sunday for another dear friend, Blue from The Blue Remembered Hills, a popular blog here in Atlanta. Blue, the Celt and I have been meeting for dinners in several restaurants in Atlanta but this will be the first time that both of them will be entertained by Lindaraxa at her home.
Believe it or not, it is difficult to choose a menu for first time guests, particularly when they are readers of your blog. So many things to choose from...that's what usually drives me crazy. In Reggie's case I narrowed it down to the fact that he was coming back from a weekend at Darlington Hall and New Yorkers love nothing more than comfort food on a Sunday night. What better than lasagna bolognese and apple crisp for dessert. A strange combination but apples were in season.
This time I asked the guests to choose a menu. French, Italian, German or Cuban. It never fails that they will opt for Cuban and seeing that it's Sunday lunch and not dinner it is the perfect choice. So I sent another email...picadillo or pork and black beans? They replied, both! Well, unless it's the last dinner or you are angling for cardiac arrest both is not an option. So after much soul searching and back and forth consultations amongst each other they chose the pork and black beans. So here's the menu:
A Cuban Lunch At The Lake
Chorizo in Sherry And Onions
Black Beans and White Rice
Baked Plantains with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Sherry
It is going to be a glorious day tomorrow with temperatures in the 60's and no clouds. You couldn't ask for more. Everything is ready and all that is left is a bath for Lucy, the sous chef, to meet her Scottish friends!
|Who? Me? Bath? WHY???!!|
Plates from Gien, France