Saturday night dinner with my most favorite girls
Last night I had dinner with three of my best friends. We set the date a long time ago, and decided to have a garden dinner that would include some barbecuing. Wildly, we were lucky enough to have perfect weather for our evening, and we spent it drinking, talking and eating until late. Actually, after lots of wine and drinks, we ended the evening singing along to old hits by Hanson, Meatloaf and Take That, just to name a few. Cool and sophisticated were not the key words here, but it was definitely the way to spend a beautiful spring evening in the city.
We started out by having drinks and snacks in Lærkes sunny garden. We mixed elderflower juice, with some lemon balm leaves (which can be substituted with mint), and topped it off with some white wine and an ice cube. It is a perfect and refreshing drink for a warm afternoon. It would probably be even better if you used sparkling wine instead of white.
Then I stated cooking the appetizer of the evening; mashed peas with grilled scallops and oregano butter. I used frozen peas, because the supermarket was pretty much empty when I got there. Put the peas in water and bring them to a boil. I would guess I used 5 dl (2 cups) of peas for 4 portions. Once they have boiled, pour out the water, and add salt, pepper and a good knob of butter. Blend this as finely as you wish; mine was pretty coarse, but make it so it fits your temper. Set the mash aside, and place 8 big beautiful scallops on the barbecue. I made the mistake of not using any oil on them, and they really got stuck, so use some oil for a prettier result than mine. Let them brown a bit on both sides, while you, in a pot or pan, melt another good knob of butter with some fresh oregano leaves. Let the butter brown, and add a little salt to it.
When all the components are done, arrange it on the plates and decorate it with some fresh oregano, or whatever herb you have on hand. Poor over the butter, and get ready to eat this beautiful starter with some bread on the side.
After the starter had been consumed, my friend Lærke made the main course. We had prawns on skewers marinated in garlic oil. We had brown rice with herbs and pesto.
And then we had these skewers with anglerfish, bacon, limes and bell peppers. It was all really delicious, and I can’t wait for the next time we can have a barbecue like that again!