What is my favorite thing to do on my birthday? Make myself dinner, of course!
♦Cucumber Raita with Mint
♦Triple Chocolate Cake
I decided to go all out for this meal. It didn’t take me long to come up with rack of lamb. I’ve never made rack of lamb before. I don’t know why, because this recipe is so simple, so fool proof that I should have been making it for years. Give it a try for some big WOW at your dinner table.
I was thinking my famous rosemary scalloped potatoes would go nicely, but then I thought, “too much rosemary”. A little rosemary goes a long way. So, I decided to mix it up a bit. I made the same scalloped potatoes, but this time with parsley and sage. I changed up the cheese as well. Instead of using cheddar, I used Gruyere (fancy french cheese that melts fantasticly and tastes a little like swiss cheese) and Fontina (another great melting cheese). They smelled fantastic and the taste was simply divine. Give these a try, or try your own cheese and herb combination.
Now, I needed something red on the plate but I was tired of tomatoes. I came up with Julia’s (Child) Glazed Carrots. But I was brave and changed up her recipe a bit. I know, can you believe I would do such a thing? I used brown sugar instead of white and I added a pinch of Garam Masala to give it that Moroccan taste. They were amazing!
With all these rich dishes, I decided I needed something light and acidic. The eastern Indians use raitas to cleanse the palate of heavy or spicy foods. So I made a cucumber and mint raita. I added a bit of diced red onion as well. The dish should be made with a yogurt dressing. I didn’t have any, so I punted with sour cream that I mellowed with a bit of half and half. I added lemon juice and a splash of rice vinegar along with a teaspoon of sugar. It did the job and was very pretty as well.
I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of the birthday cake, but so sad, too bad, can’t bring it back. I bought it at Doris’ Italian Market, swoon….. It was a triple chocolate cake, meaning; chocolate cake with chocolate pudding and chocolate ganache. I thought I was going to faint from sugar shock, but it was out of this world delicious. I didn’t pass out so I had another piece for breakfast the next day.