Recently, as a thank you for working on a special project my boss gave me a gift voucher entitled "A Night of Passion". Sounds a bit dodgy don't you think? Well actually the voucher was for a complete three course meal from a place called Passion Deli in Feilding, delivered to my door. Apart from letting them know your dislikes or allergies the menu was a surprise. My 21st wedding anniversary last Friday seemed the perfect opportunity to use it. When I phoned to order our meal I had the option of having it delivered hot and ready to go, plated up but needing heating (and returning the dishes the next day) or, the option I went for, to have it delivered in takeaway containers to heat up and serve at my leisure. I set the scene by putting proper table settings on the table which seemed very weird as we normally eat at the kitchen counter; I had some pretty purple daisies in a vase (sadly from my boss and not from my husband), an 80's playlist on the iPod (Grace Jones, The Cure and Madonna were there for starters) and a bottle of bubbly opened up to start the night off.
The concept was novel and I certainly enjoyed not having to cook dinner. The quantity of food was far too much for two and although I don't mean to sound ungrateful, I wasn't all that excited about the flavours. What did we get? I'm sure you'd like to know....
...A nice loaf of rosemary and garlic bread (the leftovers went to the ducks on the golf course next door for their breakfast), an antipasto style selection of chicken kebabs, salami, olives, cheeses, ham and some aioli and pesto to go with. The main course was chicken breasts cooked in a creamy bacon and tomato sauce. To accompany them was a pasta salad with chargrilled zucchini and olives, a rice salad with poppyseeds, sultanas and a turmeric infused dressing, and a roasted vegetable medley of kumara, pumpkin, peppers and red onion. Dessert was mocha cheesecake and there was a nice bottle of Mission Chardonnay to wash it all down.
Stay tuned dear readers - I'll be posting again soon and shock, horror - I'll have some recipes and photos. Honest.