Sunday, March 12, 2006

the seamier side of food porn

Yesterday was supposed to be a "do nothing" day, but that quickly became hosting a dinner party for seven (and it wasn't even a dinner party with my friends, but those of the new man). Instead of doing nothing (which I'm making up for with extreme laziness today) I cleaned my house, went shopping, and cooked a big dinner. The menu:

*Baguette, cheese, and french olives.

*A salad of baby greens and tomatoes that we bought from Chad, the farmer's market guy who keeps a greenhouse in the winter.

*Spinach ricotta gnocchi with tomato cream sauce.

*Flourless chocolate cake (which W. made) with raspberry sauce and creme anglaise (which I made)

I failed to take pictures of the meal, but I did take a picture of all of the dishes we used (the often overlooked costs of cooking). These are all of the dishes we washed last night:



And yet, the sink is still full of dirty dishes (which will stay there until W. comes back from skiing and washes them, as promised):



Despite the gritty reality of throwing dinner parties, I like the luxury they afford the next day: a tiny slice of chocolate cake before breakfast, a swirl of raspberry sauce and cream in my daily oatmeal.

Oh, and W. reminded me that he did take one picture of the group:

3 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

"A tiny slice of chocolate cake before breakfast"? For me & Mr. Tart, it would be "a sizable slice of chocolate cake for breakfast"!

The new man does dishes--sounds like a keeper!

The gnocchi sounds delish--details?

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Tania said...

LOL! How wonderful to know I'm not the only one who uses every single dish, bowl, and piece of cutlery I own when entertaining!

It was so nice of you to drop by my blog! I'm glad you did, because now I've found yours, too. And while I don't have any recommendations for chocolate-flavoured chai, your suggestion has definitely inspired me!

12:07 PM  
Blogger William Conway said...

I create a disaster every time I cook for more than two. It's so bad my wife often remarks,"I wish Alton Brown would do a show on cleaning..."

Life's tough in a condo kitchen!

3:24 PM  

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