We were introduced to our future SIL's father and step mom on the weekend and we celebrated by hosting a casual dinner here in The Humble Bungalow.
The Marlborough area in New Zealand is where they reside and they own and run an award winning olive grove and make olive oil...they gave us a bottle and I cannot wait to try it!
Marlborough is well known and famous for their vineyards and top notch wines so we wanted to introduce them to some of our BC wine and local seafood.
We served a very simple dinner and we sipped a Sandhill Pinot Gris from a BC Winery in Oliver.
We were celebrating our future SIL's birthday and getting acquainted with his father and step mom. The conversations were animated and we really got on well.
Such lovely people, warm and friendly, it feels as though we have been friends for a long time.
Cheese and olive platter with candied smoked wild salmon for the appetizers
Baby new potatoes with butter and chopped fresh mint
Salmon glazed with soy sauce and drizzled with maple syrup
Chocolate mousse with raspberries
I tried a new salad which was colourful and full of flavour.
Here is the recipe...
I have not indicated quantities because it is so easy to adapt the amounts to make more or less depending on how many you are serving.
A variety of salad greens and I added radicchio for colour
cooked beets (I used baby beets and quartered them after cooking)
roasted pumpkin seeds
sliced green onions
goat or feta cheese crumbled
Put all these gorgeous ingredients in a large salad bowl.
(I used a shallow white bowl to show the rich colours of this salad)
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of fresh dill or 2 tsp. dried dill weed
salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Put all the ingredients in a large jar and shake until emulsified and dress salad just before serving.
I ate the leftovers today (a wee bit soggy but yummy!)
I am half way through this book and am having difficulty putting it down.
It is well written and very interesting...and yes it is on my Paris themed reading list!
(I have it on good authority that Tilar Mazzeo is residing in Victoria for several months of each year)
Well I must get a move on and tackle some of the domestics around here...
no more excuses!
After I have finished them I am going to pop the kettle on and sit for a bit and read my book!
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~