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Dinner party menu featuring...green cake.
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Hey, you guys, I baked an avocado cake! Yes it was green-- really green. No it didn't taste like guacamole. It tasted like cake should, sweet and moist.

We had a dinner party yesterday and I cooked up a storm. Here's the menu:

Cheese plate 1: slices of Monterey Jack cheese, rice crackers in olive oil and cracked pepper flavor, and a liver pate to which I had added half a jar of capers.

Cheese plate 2: cubes of Cheddar, triangles of Havarti, a wedge of Cambozola cheese, triscuits and a bowl of mixed olives.

Entree 1: Shepherd's pie, which I make into a slightly more gourmet dish than my British parents by adding herbs, garlic and ginger. I put lots of cheese and chopped rosemary on top of the layer of mashed potatoes.

Entree 2: Giant succulent prawns baked with thyme, mushrooms, onions, garlic, zucchini and orange bell peppers in a sauce made of heavy cream, melted cheese, chili flakes and a dash of Worcestershire. At the end, I topped the dish with sliced almonds and put it under the broiler for a minute.

Entree 3: Chicken breasts baked with a creamy Parmesan crust. Very tender and moist. It was a total hit, but had probably been the easiest thing to make. I had to write out the recipe for someone.

Salad: standard green salad of romaine lettuce, baby spinach leaves cut into ribbons, tiny cubes of celery, and chopped parsley. I put bowls of chopped tomato, sliced cucumber and sliced radishes on the side. Three types of bottled dressing.

Dessert 1: Avocado pound cake covered with vanilla-cardamom glaze and topped with chopped pistachios.

Dessert 2: Orange jello in which I had substituted one cup of heavy cream instead of one of the cups of cold water. It resulted in a 'creamsicle' kind of dessert. Surprisingly good. Note to self: next time, add a can of mandarin orange segments.

Dessert 3: Cranberry jello that I whipped with my electric beaters when it was about 3/4 set. Resulted in a pink, bubbly air-filled jello. No, I didn't add anything creamy to this one.

Needless to say, I was on my feet all day, mixing, stirring, chopping, and of course, nibbling and tasting. It was fun! I haven't had time or energy to do a big dinner party like that for a long time. A good time was had by all.

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That sounds like quite a banquet! How many people were there? (I have just had a very yummy lunch -- and I am salivating at your description of the prawns anyway. Mmmm...)

Just the nine of us. I cooked way too much food, as always. But at least that means I don't have to cook for the rest of the week!

The prawns were my favorite, too. I love sauces made with heavy cream, but I don't let myself have them very often.

Re September, I will send you a PM this afternoon when I get back to my office. I believe I have a business trip that more or less coincides.

Didn't see the PM, but it sounds like work has been mad? (As it has been here--hence this belated follow-up.) At any rate, safe travels when the time comes, and perhaps we can connect some other season!

Wow, that sounds like a LOT of work. Massive props for pulling it all off! And a lot of it sounds like your own recipes (or at least your own twist on a traditional recipe, in the case of the shepherd's pie, which sounds especially delicious) - I'm always impressed with people who can experiment like this in the kitchen!

Ok I took your advice and didn't read it while I was hungry, but now I am hungry again! xD
Respect for making such an awesome meal. I'm slowly learning to cook these days too, but I don't think I would be able to create something so challenging. (Mostly I just throw some random vegetables together :D )

Ok, despite it being the middle of the... nearly morning now, I *wasn't* hungry when I went to read this, but after reading, I'm certainly drooling and would happily snarf the entire lot of it if I could.


I wish I could have sent you a box of my cooking!

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