Witness the transformation of an alien plant into the consistency of velvet as ChezHelvetica presents Cauliflower Soup, made with Orange (or “Cheddar”) Cauliflower. Discovered in Canada in 1970, the mutant vegetable was shipped to Cornell University where agricultural scientists crossbred it with white varieties. The hue comes from extra beta-carotene naturally stored in its florets, giving it 25 percent more Vitamin A than the white. Sautéed Onions and Toasted Ground Coriander (with their wonderful aromas) are pureed with the Cauliflower and Chicken Stock, then a swirl of Crème Fraîche adds the final touch. Delicious Blue Cheese and Onion Foccacia from the Healdsburg Bakery and Acacia Carneros Chardonnay complete the meal. As velvet has been associated with royalty, this meal would be deemed equally splendid!
Relaxed summer entertaining suggestions from Martha Stewart Living’s July issue put ChezHelvetica ahead of the game for this special mid-June buffet. Bursting with flavor, a Mint Pistachio-Pecorino Pesto doused assorted Crudites alongside a Spicy Three-Cheese Dip, sharpened with horseradish, cayenne and worcesteshire. Scrumptious Shrimp Rolls on grilled hot dog buns delighted guests with their lemon, tarragon and scallion accents; the excitement heightened further by the accompanying Acacia Chardonnay. For dessert, a delicious Frangipane Tart made with Raspberries, Tory Farms wind-swept Apricots and sweet almond filling brought smiles to our faces. The simple pleasures of summer!