It’s always fun to get together and dine with friends!!
I am launching a new feature on my Blog — I’m calling it Dine-With-Friends (catchy title).
Concept: Every few months, I plan to invite a few Pottery-Friends for dinner, (or brunch, or dessert, or something involving food). I will plan the menu and prepare the food; friends will bring their own pottery — plates/bowls/etc. Together we will arrange and photograph; then we will DINE!! And I will feature the event here on my Blog!!
In other words, it’s an excuse to invite friends over; and have a great time dining/eating!!
For my very first Dine-With-Friends, I invited two special Pottery-Friends (and spouses) — Marion Angelica and Julie Timm. To start us off on a festive note, Marion brought a Vase with lovely flowers – Handbuilt, porcelain with her dark blue glaze highlighting her textures.
The Food — Salmon Dinner:
First, the Asian-Fusion Menu….
Scallop/Spinach Dumplings with Coconut/Basil Sauce
Salmon with Veggies in Spicy Sake Reduction
Black Forbidden Rice / Snow Peas with Shiitake
Mango Tart with Raspberry Drizzle
I’ve included Recipes on my Recipe Page (MangoTart already included under ‘Pear Tart’).
The Pottery — Marion Angelica and Julie Timm
For the Appetizer of Scallop/Spinach Dumplings, Marion brought a lovely, long tray — Handbuilt, porcelain with an Amber Celadon Glaze. Stunning and dramatic — I’m really glad Marion brought the tray! And everyone LOVED the Dumplings (on various small plates)!
Stephan, Julie’s husband, prepared a wonderful Salad with a tasty Miso Dressing. It looked absolutely stunning, with greens, asparagus stalks, orange wedges and enoki mushrooms — In a dark, intriging, geometric Bowl made by Julie.
We definitely had fun with the Entree — A very special Salmon with a Veggie Topping in Spicy Sake Reduction, (Also, Black Forbidden Rice and Snow Peas).
Julie arranged her Entree on one of her Dinner Plates — Handbuilt, stoneware with a geometric glaze treatment. The Salmon, bright Veggie Topping, and even the Black Rice displayed wonderfully.
Marion arranged her Entree on one of her very handbuilt Dinner Plates — Porcelain strips creating an interesting ‘rim’; strong texture, all with a Tenmoku Glaze. For the arrangement, she included some slices of mango.
Finally, we actually had two Desserts — A Mango Tart with Raspberry Drizzle, and also, a Lemon/Ginger Mousse.
Julie had fun arranging both desserts in two different small bowls that she brought. She arranged a chunk of Mango Tart (with Raspberry Drizzle) in a special squared bowl; she chose a three-pointed bowl for the silky Lemon Mousse sprinkled with Candied Ginger.
And that was our Dinner! We all had fun arranging each course — And dining together!! A major THANK YOU to my husband, Bob, the Photo-Guy. I will definitely do this again — Inviting Pottery-Friends for Food and Photos.