the mister's great-uncle is turning 90, so i made him a scarf and a special lunch.
a few weeks ago, my mother-in-law gave us a monster pile of lovage. and i am a sucker for lovage. with that ingredient, the menu was born. i made a simple pesto, only adding a smidge of garlic because granny's 96 year old belly has a difficult time with it, using lovage and almonds and oil. since i made the lovage a few weeks before the birthday gathering, i went ahead and stashed it in the freezer until we needed it.
the original plan was to make individual fish packets with potato, tomato, and the pesto. but my mother-in-law offered a huge side of salmon she had in the freezer. yes, please! since my father-in-law loves pommes de terre au lait (mashed potatoes) and is not a huge fan of neither fish nor pesto, i thought i should make him happy. so! mashed potatoes it was! the mister used the food mill, which is his dad's preferred method.
in my family we smash and whip. however, neither family is shy with the butter.
for the apero, we served roasted mushrooms stuffed with cheese.
the main course featured the mashed potaters, steamed broccoli, and salmon a la lovage.
the mister beautifully sliced a tomato, and i placed that in the baking dish with the salmon, and then added more tomatoes. i pesto'd it and flipped over the top layer of tomatoes.
it baked beautifully for about 35 minutes at 190 degrees C.
and then, of course, there was dessert.
chocolate stout cake
1 cup stout
1 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sour cream
i made a chocolate stout cake with strawberry filling, a ganache, and a vanilla buttercream for a pop of colour.