We did our April Foodie Night while Mom was here last week. I decided to take full advantage of having even more help with kids and dinner prep and it definitely made things easier. We laughed because when it came time to rate the meal, she was not willing to be nearly as ruthless as Kyle and I. Everything was wonderful and everything was delicious – she’s just entirely too complimentary. :) It was ridiculous…but her help was indispensable!
The menu consisted of Cornish Game Hens with Wild Rice and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and then for dessert, Mocha Ice Cream served in White Chocolate Bowls.
The meal prep began with the chocolate bowls, a beautiful Pinterest idea that I was apparently incapable of replicating. The idea was to melt chocolate candies (almond bark or candy melts), let that cool slightly and then dip balloons into the chocolate, thus forming the bowls once the balloon was popped. I did succeed in popping the balloons, unfortunately before any bowls were actually formed. All I had to use were the left over water balloons from my Easter egg project but by the time they were blown up, they were so taunt that they popped once they touched the warm chocolate (of course, they managed not to pop until after I attempted to coat them, thereby splattering chocolate all over me and the kitchen!) So it was on to Plan B.
We made foil molds of a small bowl and coated the foil with the almond bark instead. This seemed to work better but the bowls clearly lacked the delicate shape and elegant nature of the ones I’d seen on Pinterest.
Next it was time for the Cornish Game Hens. Although the recipe said this would serve 4, I had evidently purchased a rare breed of GIGANTIC Cornish Hens and we ended up having more food than we knew what to do with. This would easily have fed 8!
They were seasoned with lemon, garlic and rosemary and turned out exceptionally delicious. We all loved them – so moist and flavorful. And also, incredibly easy! If I had known Cornish game hens were this easy, I might have tried them a long time ago. The only hiccup we ran into is that it took longer to roast than what the recipe said, but I think that had more to do with their enormous size than anything else. Definitely a repeatable recipe!
Alongside the hens, I served a rice dish. A mix of long grain and wild rice that we jazzed up with golden raisins and slivered almonds. Although, completely on its own the rice was nothing phenomenal, it was absolutely the perfect compliment to the hens. The raisins were just a hint of sweet and the almonds added a bit of crunch, SCRUMPTIOUS!
But the side that won the night, in my opinion, was the asparagus. Possibly because every ingredient was ‘my favorite’. Kyle and I both love asparagus anyway, but lets just say after you saute it, wrap it in prosciutto, top it with crumbled goat cheese and dates and then drizzle the whole thing with honey – you might think you’ve died and gone to heaven! I always hate it when bloggers tell me what to do, but…YOU. MUST. TRY. THIS. TONIGHT! :)
What I thought would be the crowning jewel on this meal, turned out to be my least favorite part – the mocha ice cream in the chocolate bowls. Kyle and Mom both liked it, but I thought the ice cream was entirely too icey. The flavor was good, but instead of luscious creaminess melting in your mouth with every bite, I felt like I was crunching ice crystals. And I was so frustrated with the bowls…they were just too thick the way I had made them and so the almond bark almost overwhelmed the ice cream flavor.
But honestly, whose going to complain about ice cream REALLY. It’s not like I pushed mine away or threw it out. I consumed every last spoonful with the same lack of willpower that I display each and every day. Overall, we rated the night a 9 (Mom, of course, gave it an 11…but we had to disqualify her based on the fact that she was drunk with grandkid love). We’ll be having this meal again, for sure. And I haven’t completely given up on the chocolate bowls, I just need to spend some time cleaning the chocolate from my kitchen ceiling before I try them again.