A Few of My
Recent Menus

Most of these menus were enjoyed by the Cuenca Dining Club, 20 or so of my closest friends and strangers (at a time) in our home in Cuenca, Ecuador.

We will share what photos we have, but in the heat of the party we may miss a few.

Swiss Night

  •   (Clockwise from bottom left) Spaetzle, Rösti, Raclette, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes

    (Clockwise from bottom left) Spaetzle, Rösti, Raclette, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes

  •  Marrow for the soup

    Marrow for the soup

  •  Vegies and Bouquet Garni for the soup

    Vegies and Bouquet Garni for the soup

  •  Adding mushrooms to the geschnetzeltes

    Adding mushrooms to the geschnetzeltes

  •  I couldn't find Veal, so we suffer through tenderloin

    I couldn't find Veal, so we suffer through tenderloin

  •  Flipping the Rösti

    Flipping the Rösti

  •  Rösti - Potato Pancake

    Rösti - Potato Pancake

  •  Spaetzle - Tiny Dumplings Sautéed in Butter

    Spaetzle - Tiny Dumplings Sautéed in Butter

  •  Apple Strudel

    Apple Strudel

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Straight from the Alpine highlands come this feast sure to warm the cockles of anyone's heart.

Menu

  1. Basler Mehlsuppe - Basel Burnt Flour Soup
  2. Zürcher Geschnetzeltes - Meat and Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce
  3. Rösti - Potato Pancake
  4. Spaetzle - Tiny Dumplings Sautéed in Butter
  5. Raclette - Potatoes with Melted Cheese
  6. Apfelstrudel - Spiced Apples in Pastry


Vegie Love

  •  Hummus on Baked Besan Crackers

    Hummus on Baked Besan Crackers

  •  Corn Fritters with Passion Fruit Margaritas

    Corn Fritters with Passion Fruit Margaritas

  •  Mascarpone Blintz on a Bed of Shredded Zucchini

    Mascarpone Blintz on a Bed of Shredded Zucchini

  •  Fried Potato Puff with a Dollop of Hollandaise

    Fried Potato Puff with a Dollop of Hollandaise

  •  Beef-less Stroganoff on a Quinoa Cake

    Beef-less Stroganoff on a Quinoa Cake

  •  Baked Brie with a Strawberry Sugar Crust

    Baked Brie with a Strawberry Sugar Crust

  •  Sugar Free Chocolate Truffles

    Sugar Free Chocolate Truffles

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I am not a vegetarian myself, but no one suffers at my table. Here is my take on a meatless feast.

Menu

  1. Hummus on Baked Besan Crackers
  2. Corn Fritters with Passion Fruit Mayo and Passion Fruit Margaritas
  3. Mascarpone Blintz on a Bed of Shredded Zucchini
  4. Fried Potato Puff with a Dollop of Hollandaise
  5. Beef-less Stroganoff on a Quinoa Cake
  6. Baked Brie with a Strawberry Sugar Crust
  7. Sugar Free Chocolate Truffles


Four Courses of Whimsy

  •  Shrimp ’n’ Shots

    Shrimp ’n’ Shots

  •  A Pair of Comfy Hush Puppies

    A Pair of Comfy Hush Puppies

  •  Building an N-Side-Out Burger

    Building an N-Side-Out Burger

  •  An N-Side-Out Burger with (clockwise from top) passion fruit mayo, red fruit mustard and goat cheese

    An N-Side-Out Burger with (clockwise from top) passion fruit mayo, red fruit mustard and goat cheese

  •  Parsnip chips

    Parsnip chips

  •  A Half Baked Idea

    A Half Baked Idea

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Sometimes playing with the food is half as fun as playing with the names.

Menu

  1. Shrimp ’n’ Shots, De-escalating - BBQ Shrimp with a shot of: Orange Vodka alone; with a squeeze of orange; with amaretto, orange juice and cream
  2. A Pair of Comfy Hush Puppies - Corn Chowder with Fried Corn Quenelles
  3. An N-Side-Out Burger - Slices of beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes and bacon - served with parsnip chips
  4. A Half Baked Idea - Undercooked Chocolate Brownie with Homemade Dulce de Leche Sauce


Malaysian Mayhem

  •  Tom Yum

    Tom Yum

  •  Tulang Rusuk Masak Kicap

    Tulang Rusuk Masak Kicap

  •  Satay Ayam (foreground)

    Satay Ayam (foreground)

  •  Sambal de Nasi Lemak Rempah

    Sambal de Nasi Lemak Rempah

  •  Nasi Goreng

    Nasi Goreng

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A night to share what I learned from a year of living in Kuala Lumpur. Only a few photos made it, but it was a great menu.

Menu

  1. Tom Yum - Hot and Sour Soup
  2. Tulang Rusuk Masak Kicap - BBQ Ribs
  3. Satay Ayam - Chicken with Peanut Sauce
  4. Sambal de Nasi Lemak Rempah - Coconut Rice
  5. Nasi Goreng - Fried Rice
  6. Rojak - Fruit Salad


Italian 7 Course

  •  A Trio of Tastes Antipasti

    A Trio of Tastes Antipasti

  •  Tre Colori Capellini

    Tre Colori Capellini

  •  Lemon Shot

    Lemon Shot

  •  Anise Touched Tilapia

    Anise Touched Tilapia

  •  Bruschetta Stuffed Veal

    Bruschetta Stuffed Veal

  •  Sleeve of Parmesan Cheese

    Sleeve of Parmesan Cheese

  •  Amaretto Shortbread with Chinese 5 Taste Sauce

    Amaretto Shortbread with Chinese 5 Taste Sauce

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Inspired by the order of classical Italian formal dinners. As close to traditional as I ever come. A sit down dinner for 10.

Menu

  1. Antipasti - Prosciutto and Melon, Balsamic Bean Salad, Shellfish in a Mousseline Sauce
  2. Tre Colori Capellini - Aurora Sauce, Parmesan Béchamel, Creamy Pesto
  3. Lemon Shot
  4. Anise Touched Tilapia
  5. Bruschetta Stuffed Veal
  6. Sleeve of Parmesan Cheese
  7. Amaretto Shortbread with Chinese 5 Taste Sauce


Hungarian

  •  Krumpileves - Potato Sausage Soup

    Krumpileves - Potato Sausage Soup

  •  Hortobágyi - Chicken Crêpe with Paprika Cream Sauce

    Hortobágyi - Chicken Crêpe with Paprika Cream Sauce

  •  Paprikash - Buttered Noodles with Beef in a Paprika Brown Sauce

    Paprikash - Buttered Noodles with Beef in a Paprika Brown Sauce

  •  Bejgli - Rolled Nut Pastry with Amaretto Icing

    Bejgli - Rolled Nut Pastry with Amaretto Icing

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My take on the food of Budapest, one of my favorite cities.

Menu

1 Krumpileves - Potato Sausage Soup
2 Hortobágyi - Chicken Crêpe with Paprika Cream Sauce
3 Paprikash - Buttered Noodles with Beef in a Paprika Brown Sauce
4 Bejgli - Rolled Nut Pastry with Amaretto Icing


A Light Lunch with Friends

  •  3 Bread Spreads

    3 Bread Spreads

  •  Crab in Hollandaise on a Parsnip Chip

    Crab in Hollandaise on a Parsnip Chip

  •  Hot Ginger Orange Chicken and cold Quinoa Salad

    Hot Ginger Orange Chicken and cold Quinoa Salad

  •  Blue Cheese Potato stuffed Carpaccio with a Reduced Port Sabayon

    Blue Cheese Potato stuffed Carpaccio with a Reduced Port Sabayon

  •  Petite Camembert filled with Prosciutto and Pineapple Mustard

    Petite Camembert filled with Prosciutto and Pineapple Mustard

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If you accept my invitation to a light lunch, you had better come with hours to spare!

Menu

1 Pesto Hollandaise; Roasted Eggplant and Red Bell Pepper Purée; Black Olive, Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Tapenade - Bread Spreads
2 Crab in Hollandaise on a Parsnip Chip
3 Hot Ginger Orange Chicken and cold Quinoa Salad
4 Blue Cheese Potato stuffed Carpaccio with a Reduced Port Sabayon
5 Petite Camembert filled with Prosciutto and Pineapple Mustard


A Few Finger Foods

  •  Spicy Curried Crab on Cooling Cucumbers

    Spicy Curried Crab on Cooling Cucumbers

  •  Prosciutto Wrapped Brie with Red Fruit Mustard

    Prosciutto Wrapped Brie with Red Fruit Mustard

  •  Shrimp and Pickled Ginger Lettuce Wrap

    Shrimp and Pickled Ginger Lettuce Wrap

  •  Pesto Egg Salad with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

    Pesto Egg Salad with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

  •  Sesame Chicken Salad on Sweet Potato Chips

    Sesame Chicken Salad on Sweet Potato Chips

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It is always nice to get together with friends and enjoy a but of wine and a few nibbles. Here is what I recently offered to be passed and eaten with your hands.

Menu

1 Spicy Curried Crab on Cooling Cucumbers
2 Prosciutto Wrapped Brie with Red Fruit Mustard
3 Shrimp and Pickled Ginger Lettuce Wrap
4 Pesto Egg Salad with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato
5 Sesame Chicken Salad on Sweet Potato Chips


11 Courses for Fun

  •  Vietnamese Shrimp Roll

    Vietnamese Shrimp Roll

  •  Greek Mini Gyros

    Greek Mini Gyros

  •  Nepalese Butter Chicken Toast Points

    Nepalese Butter Chicken Toast Points

  •  Mozzarella Stuffed Crust Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

    Mozzarella Stuffed Crust Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

  •  Malaysian Nasi Lamak

    Malaysian Nasi Lamak

  •  Baked Brie with Mara Compote

    Baked Brie with Mara Compote

  •  Chocolate Mascarpone Sandwich

    Chocolate Mascarpone Sandwich

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Every few years or so I prepare a 20 course meal for 32 people, just for the challenge. I was new to town when I held this one, and I couldn't gather 32 people to eat 20 whole courses, so I had to settle for a mere 11 courses.

Menu

1 Welcoming Bruschetta
2 Vietnamese Shrimp Roll
3 Greek Mini Gyros
4 Nepalese Butter Chicken Toast Points
5 Mozzarella Stuffed Crust Bacon Blue Cheese Burger
6 Portobello Cream Soup
7 French Croque Madame with a Quails Egg
8 Malaysian Nasi Lamak
9 Baked Brie with Mara Compote
10 Passion Fruit Soup
11 Chocolate Mascarpone Sandwich


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