I got five new cookbooks for my birthday and last night we cooked out of one of them, Polpo, a book of Venetian cooking.
In the early part of the evening it was warm enough to sit outside around the new firepit.
We started with cicheti a type of finger food, two or three ingredients held together with a cocktail stick. We had cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and a basil leaf drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper together slices of grilled fennel wrapped in an anchovy fillet with dill. We also had a plate of sliced smoked sausage from Gubbeen.
We came inside after that and had a plate of beetroot slathered with a walnut and pesto. There is plenty of the pesto left to have with a plate of pasta during the week.
We followed that with a great plate of lentils, cod cheeks and salsa. The cheek is the tiny pocket of meat just below the eye about the size of a scallop. Wards sells them in 500 gr packs. I have not had them before but I will have them again. They will taste good breaded and fried.
Andrea then finished us off with a bowl of poached autumn fruits and cream.
For those who had any room left we are a small Durrus cheese.
Washing up this morning listening to Jack White and Jim White.