Monday, November 12, 2007

Last Night's Dinner #58: Turkfeast 2007

Another big THANK YOU to our lovely host last night - Kayhan (I'll leave out his last name this time, lord knows where that got me last time - thanks again to Google for reuniting us with the strangest of guests)

"Turkfeast" was coined by Hillsy for Kayhan's (aka Turk-von-Turk) famous 5-course dinners. Our gracious host showered us all with a spread like no other. The night began with an appetizer spread that included an Asian-inspired Crostini (zucchini, cured meat and basil on a wasabi-flavored rice cracker), Brie and homemade salsa & chips. There was also an endless selection of Italian and Spanish red wines.

The first course was a very impressive Lemongrass Seafood Soup. The staggering amounts of mussels, clams, squid, and shrimps was nicely balanced by the light consommé. The broth was nicely seasoned and flavored with hints of lemongrass and rosemary yet was perfectly subtle to allow the stars of the ocean to take center stage.

The Shitake-filled Ravioli followed. Again, a classic Kayhan dish - complex in its simplicity (in a good way). The ravioli was glazed with a cream sauce and tender bits of asparagus.

I was also nibbling on a side of grilled mushrooms

By the time I finished my pasta and salad, I was too full to give the beef a try and wanted to save some room for dessert.

Dessert was a market-fresh pie (Apple). One of the other guests (who shall remain nameless) was supposed to make Tiramisu. Rumor has it that it was either making Tiramisu or having sex this morning... wise choice ;-)

Thanks again Kayhan!! Maybe we should consider turning Turkfeast into a seasonal thing rather than a yearly thing? Turk Winterfest? Just a thought.

What a perfect end to the weekend!

Oh one more thing, he has the best living room...

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