Cooking for Friends

Cooking for Friends

 

Celebrations are a wonderful part of life and I like to celebrate well. 

 

It was around this time last year when we had just planted the seed of Volume. All of the essential pieces – structuring and organizing the flow of the recipes, writing, photographing were underway, and it was as if the project truly emerged with Spring.

April 2017 marked the 75th Anniversary of the camp honoured at the annual Spring celebration/fundraiser– a wonderful opportunity to share the Volume cookbook with absolute purpose. We gave away sweetly wrapped packages of the camp’s granola recipe to take home as a little taste of what would come and we also held a little draw for a special tasting dinner with wine pairings for 6 guests, prepared by me! 

In February we marked the occasion, and among music and conversation, I prepared a beautiful 6-course meal, with variations on recipes from the book for 6 guests / friends, who kindly offered my husband and I a seat at the table. You wouldn’t believe the smells that escaped the kitchen that night. What a pleasure and an evening to remember. 

 

Menu

Cocktail

Ginger tea with gin

Amuses-bouches

Mini pots of mac and cheese

Sticky meatballs

Oregano-orange chicken with tzatziki

Salad

Spinach and quinoa

"Pasta"

Mushroom risotto 

Main

Roasted pork tenderloin with ginger-garlic sauce

Roasted mixed veggies

To finish

Chocolate coconut pudding with cinnamon almond cookies

 

As a treat, I’m including a recipe that can’t be found in the book, but that I love to make ahead of time if I’m entertaining for a bit of a crowd. Delicious cinnamon almond cookies – to dip into coffee at the end of the night, or for extra decadence – to dip into the chocolate coconut pudding. 

 
 Spinach salad, focaccia bread

Spinach salad, focaccia bread

 haha they look like cucumber fish :)

haha they look like cucumber fish :)

 classic mixed green salad

classic mixed green salad

 Mushroom risotto

Mushroom risotto

 time for main course

time for main course

 Pork tenderloin, ginger-garlic sauce, roasted vegetables

Pork tenderloin, ginger-garlic sauce, roasted vegetables

 cheers to good friends and good food, shared together

cheers to good friends and good food, shared together

 can't forget dessert!

can't forget dessert!

 
Cinnamon Almond Cookies

Cinnamon Almond Cookies

Paleo Granola

Paleo Granola