May brought rain and more rain–I think we ended up one non-rainy day for every ten rainy days. The keywords for this month’s Supper Club with M and T would be cheer and relaxation. I reconfirmed T’s seafood allergy list and settled on a Hawaiian theme, including a festive pineapple! (thank you Village Party Store)
Menu: How can one not feel on holiday surrounded by poke and a metallic fringed pineapple?! I decided to make one big poke salad and small individual tasting bowls vs. going family sharing platters for everything. After reviewing many recipes, I learned there is a basic “dressing” so it would be easy to mix and match.
Drink: Crisp White Wine
Dessert: I have baked a lot of shortbread in my life and while each batch was tasty and immediately finished off, I attributed it to more the irresistible pull of butter and sugar. Some were too soft, too tender or too much like a sugar cookie. I would add nuts, lemon and poppy. I finally found one that seems just right Melissa Clark’s Shortbread, 10 Ways recipe. I opted to add some matcha (thank you Ippudo) and white chocolate. Matcha is bitter so it’s tricky not to get carried away and add too much.
We adopted a rescue dog almost two years ago from a great organization called Unleashed founded by Dr. Stacy Radin, who married her passions for girl empowerment and animal rescue. A neighbor had adopted their puppy from Unleashed and was, unbeknownst to me, sending rescue puppy pictures to my husband. The next thing we knew, I was filling out an application form, scheduling an interview with Stacy and started getting pictures of potential dog matches.
Unleashed prides itself on matching dogs with owners so we were required to meet the rescue pup, spend a few hours with her and get reviewed by her foster host. Our potential puppy was named Princess Rainbow by the girls. She was coming up from South Carolina that weekend and we could meet her in a few days.
We trekked to her foster home on a hot summer day and got to know her. And as the story goes, we fell in love and picked her up a few days later. We literally had adopted a dog in about a week!
We had a list of potential names but the one she responded to was Miette (French for “little crumb” or the tender sweet part of a baguette).
In adopting the dog which seemed all-consuming, M and T got more than an earful (and umpteen pictures) about our new family member. Neither have been or are dog owners so Miette is our Supper Club mascot.
When we have the occasional Supper Club at my place, Miette is the lucky recipient of treats and toys . . . and decorations inspector!