A friend of mine told me she’d met a woman who’d asked her to do a reading in a bathtub.
“What do you mean? Like, with water in it? Naked? Or with clothes on?”
“She’s going to host a literary salon in her home and she wants to cover her bathroom in red velvet. She wants me to read from the bathtub, with LOTS OF BUBBLES. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll have anything on underneath.”
“Ok, wow, count me in. But she’s going to have food, right? Does she have anyone preparing food? What about beverages?”
I’d bugged Shannon two or three times to know who was preparing the food for this thing, and let her know that if the author in question needed help preparing the food I’d be happy to lend a hand. Finally, about a week before the first event, I got a phone call from Anne.
“I would love your help preparing the food!”
The food for first salon was fairly low-key, planned only a few days in advance: beet tartare served in endive leaves, polenta topped with roasted peppers and chorizo, deviled eggs, etc.
The second salon I helped to cater would be deemed the Kingdom of Flowers, with big ideas to tantalize guests with flower-inspired treats. Orange blossoms? Lavender? Roses? Acacia flowers? And what to pair with it – chocolate? Almonds? Meringue? Vanilla? Lemon? My mind wandered…
After lots of thinking, lots of testing, lots of feeding of cupcakes to colleagues and friends, I came up with the menu:
- Persian Love Cupcakes with Rose Frosting
- Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Fondant
- Lavender Meringues
- Orange Blossom Olive Oil Cake
I bring you my favorite recipe amongst the bunch, which has become my go-to chocolate dessert (and it’s gluten free!)
Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Fondant