We don’t always go out to restaurants to eat… Sometimes we invite friends and neighbors over to our house for a meal and sometimes those friends and neighbors return the favor. It always makes for a relaxing evening!
Recently, our friends George and Lynn invited us to come over to their house for dinner. George didn’t want us to bring anything for the meal as he had it all planned out…
They live on the lake and the view from their enclosed porch is pretty darn nice don’t you think?! We love springtime in east Tennessee!
The table was set and the soup and wine were in place when Laurie took this photo.
George loves to cook and create dishes that are both flavorful and a bit unusual for the average dining experience. Our soup on this occasion was borscht served cold with a dollop of sour cream.
Borscht is a soup popular in several Eastern European cuisines. The variety most commonly associated with the name in English is of Ukrainian origin and includes beetroots as one of the main ingredients, which gives the soup that distinctive red color. There are hundreds of variations of borscht and not all of them are red. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borscht.
I’m not a beet fan but I actually thought that this soup was pretty good. Laurie loves beets and she thought that this borscht was fabulous!
Our protein for dinner was also something that most people don’t cook at home…or at least don’t cook at home very often. These are duck breasts…
The USA only produced 24,500,000 ducks in 2011...or 50,000 metric tons of meat. This compared to France with 234,000 metric tons and China with 3,193,000 metric tons! The average American only eats a third of a pound of duck each year... Did I mention that Laurie loves duck!
George fried the seasoned duck breasts bringing them up to medium rare to medium before plating them with the sides…
George’s efforts resulted in a lovely plate of food consisting of duck breast with plum sauce, whipped potatoes and asparagus with béarnaise sauce. It was a very fine meal!
Of course, George also prepared a special dessert for us! It looks fancy but it’s fairly simple…meringue, ice cream, almond slivers and cherries. It was very tasty indeed.
There is nothing like a couple of glasses of wine and a fine meal with good friends! George really delivered for his guests…and he even let Lynn assist a little. Thanks George and Lynn!
Just click on any of the photo to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by to see what was for dinner!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave