My friend Kevin (who I have thoroughly brainwashed throughout the course of this project) had an all local-food/drink dinner party tonight for his birthday. Throwing a few 3'x6' plywood boards on some cinder blocks he made a make-shift table to seat 18 people in his 1 bdrm apt. Who says you need a big place or exotic foods to throw a great dinner party?
I helped him cook up some local foods for the party as follows:
1_let rise in a warm place for 30 min
4 Roma tomatoes
tomatoes (guts taken out)
_carmelize onions in a liberal amount of oil
_toss with diced pears in frying pan for last 5 minutes
_spread mixture over pizzas
_top with chopped walnuts and garlic slices
Butter cream frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 pure maple syrup
2 tbsp maple sugar
2-3 cups powdered sugar
3_ In a large bowl, mix together the flour and the ginger and set aside.
4_In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy.
5_ Add the eggs one at a time, beating until well combined.
6_Beat in the maple syrup gradually.
7_Add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the water, beating after each addition until smooth.
8_Pour the batter into the prepared pans; prepare a hot water bath to be placed on the rack underneath the cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done (the toothpick test).
9_Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
10_To make the buttercream frosting: mix butter, extract and syrup till smooth. Add powdered sugar (a few tablespoons at a time), beating on high speed (my handmixer has three speeds) till frosting reaches desired consistency.
11_When cake has cooled, ice between the layers. Ice top and sides of cake, sprinkling the top with chopped walnuts.
He asked everyone to bring a local wine or beer. Many people brought growlers of beer from local breweries which was great, no glass waste! A few people tried their hand at cooking some local dishes as well which were all excellent: