You know we gave the Composer's parents a Christmas gift of a dinner party--they invite their friends, we provide the venue, the food, and often a little after-dinner entertainment. This weekend they cashed in their gift certificate, and we threw a springtime feast.
My mother-in-law used to teach quite a bit of Greek literature (hence the Hades--remember that he kept Persephone underground for six months each year and only let her out in spring). She also got it when I set out the silver teaspoons engraved "Helen".
I was going with a Greek thing.
This was a really, really good dinner to eat--and one of the easiest to prepare. Much can be done ahead. See below for the full menu and recipes.
Not-So-Hard Springtime Feast:
Baba ganoush drizzled with olive oil and served with olives and parsley*
Boneless leg of lamb marinated in yogurt, coffee, and cumin*
Steamed asparagus with lemon zest
New potatoes roasted a long time in olive oil
Sliced cucumbers in homemade yogurt*
Individual Pavlovas set in cream, topped with homemade lemon curd, cream, and berries*
*Can be made ahead--or in the case of the lamb, marinated the day before and roasted for two hours. And in the case of the dessert, the components can all be made ahead and assembled last minute.