October 3rd, 2016

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My gift to everyone for this new year is the menu for last night's dinner. It's the first proper dinner I've done in so very long I thought I was incapable! I was not only capable, I even cleaned the bathroom!! It was a light meal, because most of us were coming from Conflux and I noticed how heavy the food was in the vicinity of the hotel. Vegetarian meant we only had to worry about one food sensitivity/restriction. And there is much symbolism in some of these foodstuffs, so I got the trad stuff in there even if the menu isn't a traditional one.

Nibbles:
2 commercial dips and things to dip into them (my lazy thing)
home made challah with apple through it
local yellowbox honey (an amazing honey - a straw-yellow and wonderfully fragrant)
organic new season apples
nahit (my great-grandmother's chickpea nibble)


Soup and bread: a red lentil/tomato/coriander/chickpea/chilli/yoghourt soup, with accompanying home made baby bread rolls

Main course:
Cacik, carrot salad (dressing was orange/lemon/blood orange/ginger), 2 types of home pickled mushrooms, broad bean salad (since broad beans are in season), pickled cucumbers, tomato salad, bean salad
with the two types of bread

Dessert:
My honey cake with variations (since I like making it differently each year) including 4 types of egg and home made preserved peel
sultanas and almonds
home-dried grapes on the stem (those dark red ones you can never find as dried grapes - I wanted to see how they'd dry and... they're addictive)
home-candied peel of my favourite citrus with dark chocolate dribbled all over it (this was everyone's favourite dish, I think)
dates
home made marzipan asteroids (because I was having fun with food dye)

Tea, coffee (except no-one drank coffee, for some reason), pinot grigio