Friday Afternoon

Last night’s dinner went well. They loved the food and seemed absolutely drugged with food pleasure by the end.

My only qualm was that when I arrived, I was stunned to see that the apartment was white. Everything was white, or mirrored. It was a stain and smudge nightmare. I did my best to keep everything neat and clean, but invariably the smallest messes looked twenty times worse than they were. I found myself lunging for a sponge as I made berry coulis and it dripped. I scrambled to clean up the juice of the sauteed red amaranth.

Now I know that the host was an interior designer and a designer’s home is frequently the place where they get to experiment. But outside of the kitchen I was afraid to even touch the door knobs. Wait… there were few door knobs, especcially on the bathroom door that was just a peice of glass with no shading or anything.

I don’t mean to whine. Just not my style. I love muted colors and simple lines (what I call Calvin Klein Beige) but I also like some level of comfort and ease in my home.

Thursday Morning.

Am about to run out and finish up shopping for this evening’s cheffing gig.

The menu is as follows:

Hors D’ouvres
Assorted Soft and Semi-Soft Cheeses With Herbed Garlic Crostini
Spiced Cocoa Nuts

Quinoa Crab Cake with Asparagus Veloute

Main Course
Lemon Grass Marinated Duck Breast with Ponzu Sauce, Farmer’s Market Seasonal Vegetable* and Black Thai Rice

Salad Course
Arugula, Leek, and Grilled Zucchini Salad with Shaved Parmesan

Berries with Lemon Curd in Phylo Cups

Will post part 2 of my sister’s wedding today if I can.