My wife will be entertaining eight guests at our home in a few weeks and I'll be preparing the menu. I'm thinking four courses.
For the first course, how about tuna tartare.
For the second course, how about a salad? I'm thinking about a tomato carpaccio with arugala, or maybe just a simple heirloom tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil.
The third course, the main course, is what I really want to highlight. I can't decide if I want to make a pan seared salmon with smokey lentils and keep the whole meal light and healthy. Or, how about rack of lamb, but what do I serve as sides? Or maybe lamb shanks. I've got this great recipe for lamb shanks with dried fruit. But then what do I serve the shanks on? I tried it once it with cous cous and didn't like that pairing. Mashed potatoes are not right for this dinner crowd. How about roasted root vegetables?
And for dessert, I'm thinking about individual angel food cakes with fresh berries and a raspberry sauce. Or maybe with a lemon curd and fresh berries.
Please comment and help me prepare the menu!