Yes, tonight we are going "French" for date night.
"How?", you ask. I'll tell you.
We shall begin with Cocktails (that does always seem to be a good place to begin, doesn't it?). I will be making a little drink called Chanticleer (french for rooster). It's a combination of Gin, dry (french) vermouth, and an orange liquer (grand marnier). It's shaken and served up in a cocktail glass.
Our cocktails will be accompanied by shrimp cocktail. Not really sure if there is anything "french" about that, but we love it.
Dinner is Chicken Cordon Bleu. Now I know you are wondering how I could possibly pull this off in a figure flattering way. Weight Wathcers provided me with the following recipe:
Rolled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Dijon-Roasted New Potatoes
I'll also be making Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Gremolata. YUM!
Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Gremolata
There is a French Chardonnay chilling as I type. This will be a lovely addition to the meal.
For dessert, I have strawberries macerating in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. There's a scant 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black pepper in the mix too. Oh, I guess I'll give you that recipe as well.
I may accompany desset with a pour of Armagnac. Doesn't that sound french and fancy. It's really just brandy. But I have been squirreling away points today so that I can eat and drink to my heart's content this evening. It has been quite a week.
That's what will be on my table tonight. How about yours?