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Sunday, June 26, 2011

July 25 - the 'course' of the evening

I was a little nervous when the first thing I woke up to on Saturday morning was a text from my sous chef cancelling due to illness.  Oh NO...there was no way I could do this dinner on my own.  I sent a message out to the remaining people who I thought might want to take their Saturday night off to come and help me in the tablenosh kitchen and fortunately I found Sarah - she was awesome!!  And the rest of the day fell right into place...
My fabulous team - Sarah (sous chef) & Micharne (camera)

As for the 'courses'...this my biggest menu so far, somehow I think I managed to pull it off (thanks again to my fabulous help)!

Aperitif - Green Apple & Rhubarb Martini

One - Carrot & Zucchini Fritters, Tomato Jam & Pan Fried Haloumi

Two - Seared Scallop w/ Spicy Lime Aioli & Crsipy Prosciutto

Three- Roasted Garlic, Parsnip & Cauliflower Soup Shots
w/ Onion, Chives & Cheese Twists

Four - Winter Greens w/ Caramelized Walnuts, Pear & Gorgonzola

Five(Main)- Sage Roasted Pork Belly
Rhubarb & Apple Chutney
Roasted Potatoes
Green Beans

Six (dessert trio) - Strawberry & Rhubarb Hazelnut Crumble
Baby Gingerbread Cake w/ Caramelized Pear & Sauce
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee Spoon

Seven - Tea & Coffee
Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

Finish - Raspberry Dessert Wine from Berry Hill Farm, a delightful little winery in my hometown of Nelson County, Virginia ( )

And then of course there were also the really was a fantastic group and as usual there were quite a few connections making Sydney seem like a small world!  Hopefully they all enjoyed the evening as much as I did. 


Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous Leila....can't wait to 'tablenosh' again soon.
Ally <'v'>

Anonymous said...

Food Network needs to snap you up, girlfriend!!! Amazing menu...... we need tablenosh in VA. :<} Nelson Co could use some culture. :<}

Jen Semple said...

Hey Leila - could you share any of these delicious recipes?
Looks amazing!

Leila Nelson Gunning said...

Yes! My next post will be some of the recipes!

Anonymous said...

Well done!! looks FAB!! & sorry 2 start ur day so badly, sooooo glad it all fell in2 place!
Jules xox

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Leila, for sharing with us your Blog address. That July 25 Nosh's menu is really impressive and soooo tantalizing. We wish you will stay here, in Lautoka, so that we also can benefit from your creative and amazing talents. Hope still to see you for that special Affogato, if you have some time left before leaving Fiji, of course!
Thank you also for sponsoring our little café as we are going to miss you.
All the best from all of us at Blue Ginger café & bar. Serge & Beth

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