Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tess's Dinner.. Creamy Spicy Mushroom Pasta



This is definitely worth blogging about...

In the last days of Autumn I was invited by my friend Tess to join some friends for dinner at her beautiful home.

It had been raining but stopped just before we arrived so the street had that dark glittery wet sparkle. It was very beautiful, however absolutely freezing so we hurried to the front door, where we were greeted by Tess's friend Jeremy, and guided towards the delicious aroma coming from the kitchen.

Tess lives in a house with a lovely open kitchen, with an island bench that we crowded around nibbling on brie and sipping wine as she busily worked chopping basil and chilli, whilst smiling of course.


She took us on a brief tour of the house as the creamy sauce bubbled gently...


I was particularly interested in this light in her room.



Her fridge magnets... Yes it does say that... Really!



... And the shadows on the window in the dining room as cars passed on the street outside...



It is one of my favourite things to do, to watch someone cook in their own kitchen. For me it's like watching ice-skaters at the Winter Olympics- So much time and care to make something look so effortless and beautiful.

We continued chatting as Tess served our meal, then we ventured into the lounge room to watch a funny Australian show, Angry Boys.

After dinner, I had a jam on the piano with Jar and experimented with the HD video function on Mr Canon.
High-definition video and quality wine-infused conversations...

Our evening was filled with all the delicacies you would expect from such a cool hostess.

There was this cheese platter to nibble on...



White Russians with some strange but tasty vodka...



Combined with a lot of pasta.


I had a square or two of this rather interesting sea-salt chocolate.


Trust me you either like it or hate it and I LIKED it!



A dash of wine...
Some piano interlude...
Some more wine...



Lots of joking, great company...



...And some more wine...

All this combined to make a perfect evening with good friends Tess and Cyndy.

Thank you for a beautiful dinner, Tess. xx

Bella xx

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