This weekend Nathalie and I cooked a wild game dinner for a bunch of friends, we were with 11 people.
First we had a salad of bitter leaves of red endive and roquette with roasted beetroot, pomegranate seeds and blue cheese. The cheese was a perfectly ripe Roquefort, creamy and piquant at the same time, delicious with the bitterness of the leaves, the sweetness of the roasted beets and the sweet-sour sparkles of the pomegranate seeds.
Main course was a hare, shot by Nathalie’s neighbour himself…, marinated for 24 hours in wine, herbs and vegetables, slowly stewed until tender, accompanied by stir fried savoy cabbage with pancetta & chestnuts, Brussel sprouts, and oven baked mashed potatoes with celeriac. Tradional flavours with a contemporary touch.
Next we had a selection of French cheeses; Epoisse, a rich, piquant cheese from Epoisse, a small town in Burgundy, France, a Delice the Bourgogne, creamy and tangy, and a Crottin de Chavignol, a peppery and chalky goat’s cheese, delicious….
And after that we served my grandmother’s apple pie and an almond-carrot tart, with a glass of Tokaj dessert wine, perfect with the apple pie and the nutty sweetness of the almond-carrot tart.
The table was beautiful decorated by one of our friends, using savoy cabbage leaves, privet leaves and sloe berries to create a lovely feeling of fall.