Awhile back I wrote a piece about our Fancy Food Club. Since the other three couples in our club were Navy families, they have since moved from the area. This just left Chris and I and we certainly weren’t prepared to give up FFC.
So, here’s a quick recap of what it is: a group of 4 couples who meet about every five weeks and a different couple hosts each time. The hosting couple can make whatever they deem to be “fancy,” but it must be kept secret until the guests arrive. There are usually three courses and some basic snacky items to enjoy while guests arrive.
It had been months since we got together for one of these nights. Since we were the ones rebooting the club we said we’d host first. So a few weekends ago we got out the cookbooks, made a menu, and got cookin’!
We more or less always base our menu around something French, often Julia Child. This time we made Gâteau De Crêpes, which is basically just a fancy name for a big ol’ stack of crepes filled with deliciousness. We decided to do alternating layers of steamed, chopped spinach and sauteed mushrooms in a Swiss cheese/cream sauce with a small amount of cooking sherry.
The crepes were actually very easy. You make them all and then layer them up. We took the rest of the cheesy sauce and poured it over the top. You can actually make all of the ingredients for this ahead of time, and then pop the whole thing in the oven to warm while you are enjoying your first course.
The snacky items we had on hand when the guests arrived were an olive medley, bleu, brie, and goat cheeses, and some ridiculously good jams. I had run out of everything I put up from last summer so I checked out the farmer’s market. I got roasted onion and garlic (wow, amazing!) and an elderberry jelly.
For our first course we made pizza with home-cured duck breast prosciutto (it’s actually a lot easier than it seems) and instead of sauce we put down a layer of my friend Celia’s vanilla fig jam. I brought this jam back home in my travel backpack from Virginia when I went to go visit Polyface Farm. It was so good and got rave reviews by all.
For dessert we made ice cream with chocolate mint from my backyard and strawberries from Kilpatrick Family Farm. Also, much easier than it seems.
It was really nice having people over and making good food for them. Chris and I really enjoy having dinner parties and it’s nice to have a reason to cook up things you wouldn’t normally.
Do you have a group of friends who like to cook?
Do you think you could start your own Fancy Food Club? I highly recommend it!