Mark and Sonia

Last night my wife (Engogirl) and I had Mark and Sonia over for dinner.

from left is Sonia Engogirl and Mark

They have just come back from a rock climbing trip to France and Greece. I’ve known Mark for about 16 years and we used to go ski touring and climbing a lot together. It was great to catch up with them as we haven’t seen them for about six months since we went to their engagement party.

I particularly enjoy cooking for Mark as he is a Chef by trade and always appreciates the effort I go to when I entertain. Since it is so lovely at this time of the year during the night, we ate al fresco in our backyard.

For the main meal we had a Jamie Oliver inspired recipe of lamb kofta kebabs (minced lamb with pistachios on skewers) barbequed over charcoal with salad all rolled up in burritos.  For wine we started with a lovely chilled sparkling Shiraz by Bleasdale followed by a very easy to drink shiraz called “Jester” by Mitolo.  For dessert we had peche al forno (baked peaches with little Italian biscuits called amaretti mixed with egg white as filling) with my original recipe home made tangy pear and mint sorbet.

Last night’s get-together is an example of one of my favourite ways to spend time.  Good friends, wine and food.

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