Menu: An Elegant Weeknight Soirée Recently I threw a weeknight soirée for some close friends. For the hors d’oeuvres I served Crispy Bruschetta with Artichoke Bean Spread. It has a smooth, fluffy texture and an unexpected kick of understated smokiness. Garnish it with parsley leaf and some lemon zest to brighten up the flavor. On a cheese board, serve bite size pieces of the rich and salty-Pecorino Cheese along with crispy bread complimented by Sweet and sour Rhubarb Sauce. Potato Crisp, Fennel & Prawn Salad will make an irresistible starter at your next soirée. Paper-thin slices of fresh anise-flavored fennel, crisp golden potatoes chips, and sweet shrimp assembled into exciting layers of interesting flavors and different textures. The robust spiciness of Mustard & Cayenne Dressing enhances and joins together all of the flavors in this dish. Combining visually striking seasonal vegetables and white flaky cod fillets creates lots of flavors and textures. Feel free to substitute the vegetables for the broth listed in this recipe with any more readily available produce. Served in a soup bowl, this elegant dish makes an unexpected and somewhat different presentation for the main course. Place the moist flaky cod fillets into each bowl and pour delicious broth with vegetables around it. Don’t forget to include an element of surprise, and what better way to do this than with the dessert! Treat your guests to Pavlova Meringue with Raspberries, Banana & Passion Fruit Pulp. Crisp and crunchy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside, topped with fluffy whipped cream and garnished with fresh mixed berries, slices of banana and Passion fruit pulp.
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