Dinner for 4
Last night was the very informal School Photo Dinner night. Three of my friends I know from school brought pictures from way back then, and we reminisced about the old times, and how we didn’t really realise and appreciate then that they were good times. Then we started to take a closer look at the haircuts each of us had over time. Oh my… Some of us also came up with stories others had forgotten, and we laughed so hard I thought the neighbours would show up to complain any minute.
In lieu of a liquid aperitif – Campari Citrus Popsicles
Starter – Chorizo & Tomato Salad
Main course – Zucchini Towers
Dessert – Green Chocolate Mousse
On Friday night I started with the preparations by making Campari Citrus Popsicles. Everything went smoothly, but as I had only 12 popsicle moulds, I was wondering what sort of container to use for the remaining liquid. I was about to unwillingly – because it seemed such a boring option – pour it into an ice cube tray when I remembered I had some more funky silicone ice cube moulds from IKEA stored away somewhere. Never used them before, but I had to have them when I saw them in the shop… guess I knew they would come in handy one day. These moulds make ice sticks, so I thought I’m sure I’ll be thinking of something that can be stirred with a Campari citrus ice stick at some point in the future. You see I’m really someone who thinks ahead and has a plan… 😉 Filling the liquid into those stick moulds was easy, and I found out they can be stacked. The hard part was getting that stack to the freezer and lowering it into a freezer drawer. I felt like someone in a movie who had been handed an explosive device and was trying to safely tiptoe to the freezer without the device going off, i.e. the contents spilling on the floor.
Saturday I woke up a whole hour before my alarm was supposed to go off. Everything else was right on schedule, no running around in panic, no last minute scares, enough time to shop, prepare, and clean, and I had time for myself in between to relax on the balcony with a coffee.
Nothing went wrong except that I accidentally touched a dishwasher tab with wet hands and for a few hours it looked like the skin on two of my fingers would probably come off. Felt and looked a bit strange, but fingers did not fall off. And one thing I hadn’t really thought through – as I had planned to bake and serve the zucchini in stacks, I cut each one of the round zucchini into quarters, then into slices, keeping the slices of each quarter together so I could reassemble them again later on together with the mozzarella. What an absolutely daft idea… what on earth was I thinking? I should have cut them in rounds and then quartered them. I could have saved myself a whole hour.
For dessert, I did go for the Green Chocolate Mousse after all. It was very easy to make, except for the topping. After burning sugar instead of caramelizing it the other day, I heated it slowly this time, but it seemed to take really long. The recipe then says to pour it onto baking paper and spread it into a thin layer; however, as soon as the caramel touched the baking paper it started to harden, so I wasn’t able to properly spread it. That didn’t do any harm, though, as it has to be crumbled later on anyway, and the texture was good. If you’re interested in the recipe, someone has already posted it, so I won’t do the same here.
My popsicle moulds were from IKEA, as mentioned before. And when I started getting out everything I’d need for the evening, I realised that so much else I have is from IKEA. The blue little vases you can see on the table; the glasses holding the tea lights used to contain candles, and when they had burned down, I kept the glasses. Same with the glasses I served dessert in. I’ve used them for dessert so many times now, they’re just perfect and look really pretty. People are always amazed when they hear where they’re from.
We had the popsicles on the balcony because it was still lovely and warm at 6:30 pm. The popsicles were a hit! I had filled 12 moulds, and we were only 4 people, so… haha! You can guess what I’ll be having over the next days…