Today we invited our good friends, Hodge and Podge, over for dinner. We had a number of odd ingredients on hand and we thought they'd enjoy the way that we prepared dinner with no forethought other than cleaning out the fridge and the pantry.
We started with some pickled herring which I served on a baguette slice with a little cream cheese. This starter freaked Jen out and might have made her sadder than anything I've prepared to date. Strangely she wasn't weirded out at all by the grilled octopus last night.
For the salad I used up some of the remaining pomegranate on some mâche greens with sliced shallots and pistachios. Then I squeezed a bit of the pomegranate juice over the greens and drizzled with olive oil.
I picked up some raviolis with sweet potato, walnuts, swiss chard, and smoked mozzarella. Raviolis are one of my favorite things to eat. Coincidentally, they are also one of the easiest things to make.
I used up even more of the pomegranate on some yogurt and granola for after dinner.
I feel a bit trendy using so much pomegranate. Pomegranate is the cranberry of the 00's and it's a bit overdone. However, at the end of the day it is in season and delicious even if insufferable yuppies insist on buying anything with the word 'pomegranate' anywhere on the packaging because they think it's going to give them enough antioxidants to cure them of all forms of cancer.
We were done dinner remarkably early (by 7:30!) so the odds are quite good that there will be a second dessert at some point in the evening. I look forward to that with great enthusiasm.