Wednesday, 2 June 2010

A Champagne Lifestyle

Well I think that's what I'd like to have but unfortunately it doesn't happen everyday.  However today was definitely a champagne day as we went to a gourmet evening with Simon Rimmer at Earle's Restaurant in Hale.  It was in association with Louis Roederer Champagnes - yes they make some of the really good stuff!

It was a fabulous 3 course dinner, although we were treated to fabulous hors d'oveurs first:
Peach & buffalo mozzarella wrapped in parma ham
Ricotta, spinach & sun-blushed tomato roulade
Truffled white onion soup
Served with a glass of Roederer Estate Quartet Anderson Valley - very nice sparkly stuff.

For starters we opted for:
Potted Mushrooms with cheese soldiers
Chicken & wild mushroom ravioli with foie gras cream sauce

For mains it we chose:
Grilled fillet of turbot, chargrilled new potatoes & asparagus with sun blushed tomato & olive tapenade
Pan roasted lamb loin, broad bean & feta cannelloni, creamed spring cabbage with port & shallot sauce

And to follow we had:
Strawberry Plate – Strawberry & cream jelly, strawberry & mint crème brulee & strawberry shortbread
A selection of Lancashire & Cheshire cheeses, carrot chutney & cheese biscuits

What could complete the evening - meeting Simon Rimmer.  He made time after our dessert to come and join us at our table for a chat.  What a thoroughly nice bloke he is.  You have to respect a chef who still talks about an evening meal as having your tea.  It's a northern thing.

We've decided that we should find a fabulous restaurant once a month.  We both have such hectic lives it was nice to chill out and be spoilt on a Wednesday evening.  We'll definitely go back to Earle's, it was splendid.

For those that pop in to see my cards and crafty bits, I'm sorry for the little distraction, but a girl also needs food for her soul.  So now mine is singing I'm hoping my creativity over the next couple of days will too.


PatR said...

Claire will you stop it. Everytime I come on here you are showing us fabulous food. Some of us are trying to lose wait you know!
Sounds like you had a great time and the food does look and sound fabulous.
Glad you enjoyed yourself.

Anne said...

Oh wow bet you had a fab time got my mouth watering here looks scrumptious
Anne xx

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