Recovering Catholic Schoolers Dinner Party
It’s great that my friends PK, Jefferson, and Moves started the band a year ago. Jefferson and moves have been playing together since I met them in the 9th grade. They were called the Happy Band then, and they were awful. But since then they’ve grown a lot. And their shows are always a great chance to get together with friends from high school past to listen to music and reminisce.
Last Tuesday the band, called The Counterpoint now, played a show at the Horseshoe Tavern as a part of the Edge’s New Music Tuesday night thing that they do there. It was sparsely attended, its true, and we didn’t stay to check out the other bands. But we had fun, and some of us recovering Catholic schoolers got together at my place to have a dinner party before the show.
For dinner I served spaghettini in white wine sauce, citrus spinach salad, and blood orange sangria.
Blood Orange Sangria
I think this is my best Sangria recipe to date. Pour 1.5 litres of cheap white wine over 1 blood orange, 1/2 grapefruit, 1 lime, and 1 plum cut into wedges. Let this sit for a few hours to let the flavours mix, and if you can let this sit in
the sunshine that is ideal. Do not refrigerate unless you intend to let the mixture steep for more than 4 hours, and if you do intend to steep it longer, begin the steeping outside the fridge. Before serving add one 750ml bottle of blood orange Italian soda to the sangria. You can buy this at No Frills, it’s a PC brand product.
Whole Grain Spaghettini in White Wine Sauce
Heat 3tbsps of butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil. When the butter is melted, add 1 tsp. garlic, 1 tbsp parsley (fresh or frozen is best), one small onion diced, 1 tsp. of salt, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. Let this mixture cook for a few minutes, then slowly add in 1 cup of 35% whipping cream and 1 cup
of cheap white wine. Simmer this while your spaghettini cooks (about 20 minutes). Spaghettini is a good match for this sauce because the delicateness of the smaller spaghetti matches the delicateness of the sauce. When pasta is cooked most of the way through, strain and sautee for 1.5 minutes in the sauce. This makes enough sauce for slightly more than one package of pasta, so if you want to add grilled vegetables or chicken into the sauce in the last minutes of cooking, go wild. These last 5 minutes are also the ideal time to add in a few tbsp. of Parmesan cheese.
Citrus Spinach Salad
To make this salad, use 3/4’s of a bunch of baby spinach as well as 1 lime cut into wedges, 1 blood orange cuts into wedges, a handful of almonds, and a handful of figs halved. Dress with a vinaigrette of 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, 1 tbsp mayo, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 tbsp water.