Last week we had some friends over dinner and it happened to be Diwali, so we lit some candles and had a little feast.
I decorated the table with tea lights wrapped in glittery silver and gold washi tape (Pooja did the taping), some small gourds, and a flower arrangement that included these cool kind-of-pumpkins-on-a-branch.
I got a little excited about the snacks - the initial plan was blistered shishito peppers and burrata mozzarella, with toasted baguette (Pooja helped out by brushing the slices with olive oil before popping them in the toaster oven). But the cheese man at Brooklyn Fare was nice so I also bought a honey-rubbed gouda which was delicious. And I love figs, so I added some of those (Deepa took care of slicing them and putting them on the plate). Finally (not pictured), I roasted some spiced chickpeas, which was definitely overkill (recipe here).
Plus, tons of red wine. (Someone brought over a bottle of this and I really enjoyed it.)
For the main course, we kept it simple. I made a salad with some (really excellent) Boston lettuce (from Satur Farms), blood oranges (which I didn't supreme because it was taking too long and I wanted to play), thinly sliced fennel, pistachios, and a lemony vinaigrette.
J made an absolutely delicious minestrone soup (recipe here, but he used vegetable broth instead of beef) and I whipped up some biscuits to go on the side (recipe here, but replacing blue cheese and scallions with cheddar and chives).
Dessert was pumpkin bread pudding with freshly whipped vanilla-cinnamon whipped cream.
Claire and Martin gifted us a bottle of Eagle Rare bourbon, which made for an excellent nightcap.
Good friends, good food, good wine and gourds - I'd call it a dinner party success.
After the party, I put the gourds in this bowl to keep a little festivity in the house.
After all, it is decorative gourd season (you knew that was coming, didn't you?)