Sunday, October 12, 2008
Trick or Treat: Dessert for Dinner
Tomfoolery is one lovely word. It sounds wonderful coming off the tongue but also the word connotes good-hearted, well-intentioned foolin’. My in-laws were in town this weekend, and as they have a good sense of humor, we decided to make an all dessert dinner. The concept started with Cakespy’s FANTASTIC trompe l’oeil dinner for Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24. Instead of dinner made of dessert we went with dessert made from dinner. The one caveat was that the whole dinner needed fairly easy to make (1 hour on Friday night then 2.5 hours during naptime.) W
How did the game go down? On Saturday morning, we went to get pumpkins and enjoy the glorious fall weather. ‘Dinner would be a dream come true’ was a phrase casually tossed around during the outing. When the consideration was made to purchase a fresh pumpkin pie, we retorted there will be plenty of dessert. Then at home a mad dash of cooking and piping. Everything was ready and set at the table when the in-laws came over for dinner. The formal dining room is nicely tucked away preventing any sightlines. The call came for dinner and there was a gasp of joy (dessert as the main) and then laughter (main as the main.) So, in fact, my mother in law was not upset at all; though she did have a twinge of disappointment.
All in all, the food was delicious, but it did made me come to ponder the lack of fiber in many baked desserts (not that I ever really thought they were fiber-filled.) To get all the creams to the correct consistency; everything had to be pureed and strained. I know the broccoli trifle was fairly obvious as broccoli, and in fact, I had a vague plan for vegetable jello originally, but then I couldn’t bear feeding my guests so much soft food. Another success was that many meat-lovers really enjoyed my 4 bean loaf, so that always makes me happy.
So what was the menu?
Two layered 4 bean "cake" topped in mashed potato, mashed sweet potato, radish confetti, and peas
Corn bread cupcakes with beet/ hummus buttercream
Trifle with curried madeleines, broccoli salad, and beet/ yoghurt pudding
Baked Alaska (meatloafs with mashed potatoes)
Cherry Tomato Summer Pudding
Thanks Cakespy for the inspiration.