First on this evening's agenda: meatballs. Followed by coconut and chai-scented bostini chiffon cakes. And pumpkin puree to be incorporated into cheesecake later this week.
The emotions evoked by my recent Apples & Thyme reflections are still with me...
I can sense Henri's approval with my onion dice... I'd have had no problem out pacing her at that quickfire challenge.
I can feel Mo hovering to ensure that my meatballs were uniform.
And Maria is almost certainly with me as I whip up the egg whites for the chiffon.
Come Saturday, I'll have an extra dry martini, a screwdriver and a glass of sherry set aside in the bar area to acknowledge their presence and in gratitude for their guidance. Several of our guests may think I'm a little off. But if Grandma Sylvia should make it (at 97 she's slowed down a bit), she will smile and nod in understanding.
Last year at this time, the kitchen looked about like it does today
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