Inspired by friends who over Thanksgiving weekend planned menus from restaurants in Paris, I decided to travel to London for a nice dinner. Since we can't physically travel, I selected a restaurant in London called The Ivy and used their menu for the inspiration for the dinner. I invited my sister and brother-in-law to join me for this Taste of London travel dinner.
So onto the dinner, the appetizer was a Bacon Leek tart made with goat cheese. These were really good, definitely worth making again.
|Bacon Leek Tart
We had a little bit of a pause before the main course as the cod fillets were still a little frozen so they took longer to cook. The main course was Crab crusted cod fillets plated on a white bean, lemon and clam stew. The Ivy menu uses cockles but those are hard to find here. It was served with Citrus steamed Broccoli and the Parmesan Courgettes. (Brit speak for Zucchini.) Everything turned out quite well. The white bean stew actually surprised me, it was quite flavourful.
Lastly there was dessert, English Sticky Toffee Pudding with French Vanilla ice cream. We only needed a short pause here as all that needed to be done was to bring the sauce to a boil for a couple minutes and warm up the cakes.
|English Toffee Pudding
I had three white wines ready and chilled for our dinner. My sister selected the Pinot Grigio, I hadn't noticed the name when I purchased it but it was rather appropriate.
We had a good time with this Outrageous Taste of London dinner. I have made a promise to myself that I will go back to London someday so that I can eat at The Ivy wearing the same dinner jacket I had on for this pandemic dinner.