As a weekly practice I write down all of the good things that happen to me throughout the week. This past Monday I was especially excited about a dinner date. I spent the weekend contemplating what to make. First, I thought I would make one of my favorite French dishes, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic but then decided that would be too heavy for a hot summer night. It was hard to know what to make because this is a person that I am just getting to know and I haven’t discovered his “favorites”. I love to spoil people with their “favorites”. Then, out of no where, the idea popped in my head to make mussels. Last summer a fellow food blogger and colleague of mine posted a recipe for “Thai-Style Spicy Mussels“, as I recalled, it sounded and looked fabulous but I never got around to testing his recipe, so I headed over to Gotham Home Table to refresh my memory. I took a chance that the guy liked seafood and went to town creating one of my famous seduction suppers. Everything came together nicely, the ingredients for the broth inspired wonders, I pulled together a beautiful tablescape based on the coconut milk, ginger, pineapple chunks, hot peppers, lime zest and cilantro infusion.
Earth tones and a beautiful orchid, symbolic of the vanilla orchids that grow wild in Thailand brightened up the table. I placed a wonderfully rich homemade vanilla cake right in the center, between the setting for two and it looked divine. Just as I buttered the bread before putting it in the oven, I received a text message, “May have to take a rain check baby girl. Give me a call momma.” All I could do was laugh. Really. There I was all dolled up, with a yellow flower in my hair and an amazing dinner that I spent two days planning and had just about completed. Of course, I did not immediately reply to him nor call him. I took a shot of the cognac instead, yes, Hennessy, it was to be used for the special drink that I had planned for the evening, named “What the Hell??”, and appropriately so. “What the Hell??” is a concoction of ginger root beer, a splash of apple juice, cognac and lime slices. I proceeded setting my table and toasted my bread. I couldn’t let this upset ruin the good thing I had going on. The sounds of Lhasa Del Sela in the background were as soothing as they were sexy and I wanted to stay in that groove. After I made up my mind not to express any disappointment, I called. No answer. I left No message. I proceeded.
As I settled into dinner, I looked at the empty place setting beside me and said, “There must be a VIP reservation for you” and allowed my feelings to flow from my mind to my hand and on a piece of paper in my journal. I didn’t much feel like dessert, feeling a little too gingerly after drinking for two. I laid my game down and slept like a baby. Yes, even a culinary seductress will get stood up. But like ol’ boy said, “everything happens for a reason” and it’s all good. Duly noted.
P.S. Do not let this deter you from trying the Spicy Thai-Style Mussels, they are better than good!!! …And I did get a follow-up text message and call. More on that later.
♥ Love is always the first ingredient in amorous cooking ♥
THAI-STYLE SPICY MUSSELS
From the Gotham Home Table kitchen comes this slightly modified sweet and spicy twist on a classic recipe for this delicious Thai-style broth to steam (or flex) your mussels
♥ 1 (8-ounce) coconut cream (Gotham’s kitchen calls for coconut milk)
♥ 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks, with juice
♥ 1 shallot, diced
♥ 2 jalapeño peppers, diced (Gotham’s kitchen calls for serrano peppers)
♥ 1 inch piece ginger root, diced
♥ 2 pounds mussels, de-bearded
♥ Fresh cilantro, garnishing
**See Gotham Home Table for cooking instructions.
WHAT THE HELL??
♥ 6 ounces ginger root beer
♥ 1 ounce apple juice
♥ 2 ounces cognac (Hennessy)