...kids cheese & olive plate & my almost 8yr old eve
...pat preparing the warm 70% chocolate tart
...mady setting the table & cheese board, from left, king island brie, piave & dutch goat cheese
this post is special to me...it is about being with good friends...enjoying good food/wine & in a little way saying goodbye to our great life in brisbane. 8yrs have gone by & brisbane will always be apart of me.
an epic post on a duck dinner with my friends mady & pat. pat is a chef (trained in london & worked alongside some great chefs including bruno loubet)...he is now out of the kitchen full-time & was the one that started the talk of the 'duck dinner'...so it was inevitable that he make the duck, the jus, the beans & the bruno loubet inspired warm chocolate tarts.
i got off lightly with just providing some cheese, a warm lentil salad & some smashed rosemary roasted potatoes. the setting was pulled together by the gorgeous & creative mady & as the afternoon disappeared into the evening we sipped champagne, pinot noir, dessert wine & sat warming ourselves around a cosy outdoor fire. the food was seriously excellent & pats duck/jus was heaven!...an afternoon & evening i will never forget.
the children sat up too with their own little table set...sipping peach nectar & devouring the duck confit...the lentils were pushed around the plate a bit though!
nibbles...dutch hard goat cheese, piave cow milk hard cheese, king island brie, baked ciabatta, olives
main...duck confit w jus, warm lemon lentil salad, steamed green beens w roasted hazelnuts & smashed rosemary roasted potatoes
dessert...bruno loubets warm 70% chocolate tart w double cream
...when i was little i was taught to always thank my host & i am naturally teaching my little girls to say thank you whenever leaving somewhere...so i guess it is fitting to say...'thanks for having me brisbane'