December 29, 2008

Saturday Night Feast

I was lucky enough to be invited to an Aubrey-Maturin feast that was put on by Elisson and Houston Steve. It was at Houston Steve's house and the entire feast was cooked by Houston Steve and Elisson which made the wives happy. Elisson cooked a goose. He also provided the horsey doovers. The full menu follows:


Image created by the very talented Elisson.

Attendees were Houston Steve and his lovely wife Debbie, Elisson and his lovely wife SWMBO, Barry (AKA Attila the Hun. I also found out that I'm referred to as Genghis Kahn) and his wife, and Stephan.

Was there wine? Of course there was. Houston Steve, Elisson, and Stephan are all fellow members of the Sommelier Guild of Atlanta. Since Houston Steve and Elisson supplied the food, Stephan and I supplied the wines.

Stephan brought a 1970 Cos d'Estournel Saint-Estephe, a 1978 Chateau Montrose Saint-Estephe, and a 1978 BV Beau Tour from Napa.

I brought a 2000 Rasteau (A delicious Rhone red. Alas! My last bottle) and a 2000 Chateau d'Angludet Margaux (I got five more bottles of it and it is ready to drink now!)

For those of you desiring to know who Aubrey and Maturin are, they are the heroes of the Master and Commander series. Houston Steve and Elisson were trying to create dishes that would be served in the captain's cabin (Minus the gravlox and blini.) aboard an English sailing ship in the late 18th and early 19th Century. I think we ate a little bit better Saturday night than they did aboard an English sailing vessel.

Elisson and Houston Steve outdid themselves Saturday night. What a feast! Thanks guys for an incredible evening.

Posted by denny at December 29, 2008 11:22 AM  

But the rest of the country wants to know if there was wine in a box? *S*

Hope you had a happy holiday; Santa was good to all of us!

Posted by: Michele on December 29, 2008 02:32 PM

Denny, it was a pleasure having you. And we all had a blast. A great way to bring the old year to a close.

Posted by: Elisson on December 29, 2008 03:02 PM

Dear Genghis Kahn,

I would gladly wash all dishes in the Galley, and remain confined in the bowels of the Royal Ship, for a taste of all food prepared in honour of the Master and Mariner, and for a few generous sips of the glorious wines on that list.

Always proud to help the British....

Posted by: Claudia on December 29, 2008 03:15 PM

I should have added: Napoleon be damned!!! We'll drink their wines but à bas with the French...

Posted by: Claudia on December 29, 2008 03:28 PM

Not a calorie in any of it either, right ? (grin)

Posted by: Sandy G. on December 29, 2008 05:29 PM

Sounds like sunday lunch at my place...I love English food (not the gravlax)

Posted by: thud on December 29, 2008 07:00 PM

Thud - You must have some stuff that is foreign to me. When I think of English food I think of Sheppard's pie or a full English breakfast......pass. Food is why God made Italians, Thai, and Texicanmexicans.

Posted by: patrick on December 30, 2008 01:31 AM

What, no Spotted Dick? The barbarians.

Posted by: Metawampe on December 30, 2008 09:22 AM

Patrick - Food is synonym with French-Canadian: Peasoup, Baked Beans, Maple Syrup and Sugar Pies, Tourtière (very special meat pies)... I still miss my mother.

Posted by: Claudia on December 30, 2008 12:59 PM

We had Spotted Dick (AKA Spotted Dog) last year, Metawampe. And we seriously considered having a Drowned Baby this year, but we went with the Roly-Poly instead.

For those who are interested, photos (and my own narrative) have been posted here.

Posted by: Elisson on December 30, 2008 01:20 PM

I'll go anywhere, Elisson, for a smiling photo of Genghis Khan, in one of his legendary sweaters. And the food and wines...Oh!la,la!!!

Posted by: Claudia on December 30, 2008 03:33 PM

Wow Denny!!

How can I get friends like that! After singing to the elderly at the nursing homes, the only place open on Christmas was Micki D's!
(Still only ordered from the dollar menu!)
Looks like you had a great time--good for you.

Happy New Year,


Posted by: Gigi on December 30, 2008 05:14 PM
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