Friday, January 29, 2010

Cooking Challenge Week Four: Dinner Party

Last night's dinner party was pretty much a success, except for the broccoli. The broccoli was a disaster.

I started prepping about an hour or so before the BF and Emily were supposed to show up.

My menu:
Roasted garlic and butter tilapia (I bought the fish already seasoned)
Roasted potatoes

And for dessert:

Blackberry and kiwi fruit dishes topped with whipped cream

To get everything ready in time, I started chopping kiwis.

I placed the kiwi pieces and blackberries in cute dishes before covering them with plastic wrap and popping them in the fridge to chill.

Then it was on to potato chopping. You may recognize these potatoes from a few weeks ago. Emily saw them on the blog and said they're her favorite kinds of potatoes but she hasn't figured out how to make them herself yet.

So I had no problem including them in the menu.

All lined up on the cookie sheet.

And seasoned before popping them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

I failed to take a picture of the fish before popping that in the oven as well.

While everything was in the oven I set the table. (Please ignore the hideous orange color of my dining room walls, the girls who lived in the house before me painted them that color. Not sure what they were thinking.)

I decide to make broccoli for the vegetable because the BF hates just about every vegetable known to man, but gave me the OK for broccoli. Unfortunately it turned out terribly. I just used one of the frozen bags that you steam heat in the microwave. I've used them tons of time before with no problem, but for some reason it didn't heat evenly last night and some was overdone and some wasn't done. Disaster.

Awkward picture of the BF pretending to eat his food. Awful broccoli in the background.

Emily's plate. Note the missing broccoli.

Emily and the awful orange walls.

Once dinner was finished, it was time to bring out dessert. I sprayed little dollops of whipped cream onto of the berries and kiwi. Holy yum it was good!

Proof of the deliciousness.

Overall the night was an awesome success. Emily also brought her computer over and let me steal a bunch of music so my poor iPod will get all updated this weekend!

Happy Friday!


Erin said...

Everything looks delicious, especially that dessert. Yum! :) Congrats on a successful dinner party!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

That looks DELICIOUS! Especially the desserts. Yum :)

Badgergirl said...

Looks tasty! Yum!

Wes said...

skip the broccoli and go directly to DESSERT! :-)

Jamie said...

Looks yummy! Congrats on a dinner party - so fun!

Carolina John said...

looks like a lot of fun!

X-Country2 said...

What a fantastic time. Party success!

Melissa said...

YUMMY!!! That dessert looks great!

lindsay said...

well it looks good!! very healthy dessert treat, and i love those 'style' of potatoes.

umm broccoli. i always buy the "florets"/tree-head pieces. i made the mistake of buying the bag that has "stalk" pieces once and those are just not good!

Classy in Philadelphia said...

Ahhh, that dinner looks seriously delicious!

Jess said...

Looks delicious!!

teacherwoman said...

um, yum! That dinner looks delish. I have never had Tilapia.

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