Yesterday was my birthday and this is the dinner my hubby made for me… fresh and local!
We started out with oysters on the half shell.
Which came about because of this fab blue serving dish. We bought it in April and I’ve been dying to use it for raw oysters just because it reminds me of an oyster shell. What do you think? PS – the oysters didn’t go over so well with Kaleigh, but at least she tried them
On the side was a dish of diced onion soaked in raspberry vinaigrette, optional to enjoy with the oysters.
After the oysters we moved on to fresh Salt Spring mussels steamed in white wine, and served with French bread.
The only thing that’s missing is a metal bowl for the shells. Did you know a metal bowl is a must just to hear the tinging sound the empty shells make when they land in it?
And from the BBQ…
Grilled fennel, lamb chops, nugget potatoes, roasted red pepper, and chorizo sausage. The chorizo was also chopped into the steamed mussels to add a little kick to the broth.
And on the side for this course were marinated silver skin onions…
And roasted elephant garlic.
Did you know that elephant garlic is milder than regular garlic, and goes perfectly with all kinds of things?
Including a tray of cheeses and pâté like this…
Which we randomly enjoyed near the end of the meal.
Guess who was full?
We took a break to watch a movie before having dessert… a made-from-scratch by Clemens birthday cake. It was a lemon cake with raspberry cream filling (as in fresh raspberries and Bavarian cream) topped with thick chocolate ganache icing.
The icing was chocolate rich – made from pure melted chocolate (I saw the chunks of chocolate being melted!), and believe it or not it was more chocolate than I could eat. But maybe that had something to do with the richness of the meal beforehand!
Tuxedo candles anyone?
This was a meal laced with so many of my favorite things… and apparently we still have caviar and crème fraîche to enjoy that got completely overlooked with the rest of the meal prep. I’m good with that. It’s never too late for caviar!
What would you wish to have for your birthday menu? Do you have a unique serving dish that sets the tone for a meal?
And thank you so much to everyone for all the birthday wishes. I was blown away and super touched. You helped make my day a better-than-I-could-imagine great day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!
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