After a successful dinner party for the ladies the weekend before, this past weekend it was the boys’ turn. I made dinner for my boyfriend and his three roommates (given all the beers I’ve yoinked from their fridge, I definitely owe them). Another house girlfriend provided a fantastic dessert of homemade chocolate wafer cookies that we made into ice cream sandwiches. We’re so retro-chic, making a feast for our menfolk.
To further the ironic gender stereotypes, the menu was more dude-ish than what I made for the ladies the week before. I got some awesome buffalo flank steaks at the Dupont market and marinated them in Jack Daniels, soy sauce, honey, diced shallots, and plenty of pepper. After barbecuing the steaks on a flaming hot grill, I sliced them really thin against the grain. The steak slices were the star topping for a gigantic salad of greens from my garden (including arugula, oak leaf, deer tongue, red romaine, mizuna, baby chard, spinach, beet greens, and herbs). Other toppings included blue cheese, sauteed onions, and parmesan-laced croutons the boyfriend made from a market baguette. It was so good that we were nearly done with dinner before I realized we needed to take pictures.
Libations included mojitos made with mint from the “weed corner” of my garden. The mint is so invasive and prolific that every couple of weeks I have to pull it all up and make mojitos. (Gee, life is hard.)
Maybe the best thing about the dinner, though, was the perfect weather; we ate outdoors at dusk. There is a short period in DC when the temperature warms up but the humidity is still low and the bugs haven’t taken over. Although there have been a handful of really rainy days, this golden period started about three weeks ago and will end before June. It would be nice to have a longer spring here, but its briefness makes us appreciate it all the more.