Thursday, February 13, 2014

Simple Elegance

We had a lovely birthday lunch on Sunday.  The snowy landscape that morning was so beautiful!

  Our family loves celebrating birthdays!  The snow was falling heavily outside all day, so it was nice to be warm in our kitchen preparing a special meal for people we love.  

My personal designer helped me to design a menu and decor. We used our best china and fancy tablecloth. For a center piece, we had homemade acorn cap candles set afloat in a china bowl atop a lovely piece of wood.  

It was really quite delightful!

We started with an appetizer of cross-cut baguette topped with mozzarella cheese and sun dried tomatoes, which were lightly baked and garnished with a fresh basil leaf. 

Then, to start the meal we had a light salad.

For the main course, we had salmon with lemon butter and tarragon on a bed of savory rice pilaf.  For our vegetable, we had asparagus and zucchini prepared with lemon, garlic and basil.   

The cake was a gluten-free cherry Bakewell cake, an almond cake with cherry preserves between the layers and as decoration on top, and buttercream icing. 

It's all I have to bring today--
This, and my heart beside--
This, and my heart, and all the fields--
And all the meadows wide--
Be sure you count--should I forget
Some one the sum could tell--
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
             -Emily Dickinson 

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!!!!