Last night I went to dinner at the home of my friend Georgette, who is really a great cook. You might recognize her name from Georgette's Greek Zucchini and Georgette's Really Lemony Greek Pilafi, just two of the much-used recipes I've gotten from her. We were having dinner partly to celebrate her new condo, which was just beautiful.
Georgette served a wonderful Basque Lamb Stew, which I'm sorry I did such a messy job of plating in the photo above. I have a hard time focusing on my food photography when I'm sharing a great dinner with friends, but I think you can see that it looks delicious. She accompanied the lamb with pilafi made with Uncle Ben's Converted Rice, a low glycemic-index rice which is great for the South Beach Diet, and some lovely asparagus.
The lamb was so incredible tasting that I asked Georgette if I could take a photo and write about it on my blog. But when she got the recipe and I saw where it came from, I realized that we should have toasted Elise from Simply Recipes at this dinner. The lamb was Elise's recipe for Basque Lamb Stew, which I recommend you make as quickly as you can get your hands on some lamb! This was such a complex blend of flavors and tasted amazing.
Not only that, but the asparagus was Georgette's variation of the Perfect Way to Cook Asparagus, a recipe I had also gotten from Simply Recipes last summer when I was just starting to read the food blogs. Georgette was one of the friends I made the asparagus for then, and they had urged me to put a link to it on my blog. Last night I took mental notes as Georgette added a little fresh lemon juice and some slivered almonds to the original recipe, for her own version. The crunch of the almonds was delightful, and the fresh lemon juice delightfully upped the lemony flavor of the lemon zest. I had served the original version of this great asparagus at the Utah Food Bloggers Dinner, and I love both versions.
Another great dinner with interesting, intelligent, and funny women friends. In my mind, it's a great way to spend an evening.