Sunday, January 25, 2009

An amuse bouche and a kiss

Amorous. Anticipation. Appetite.

A kiss starts the "sensual and provocative progressive dinner ala Blog" over at Craig J. Sorensen's with the amuse bouche course - which literally means "mouth amuser" - a delightful image if ever there was one for the opening of an erotic blogland feast. This midwinter repast begins today and proceeds until Feb. 4 - each day a different course at a different erotica writer's blog. Conceived (cooked up?) by Donna George Storey and Kirsten Monroe, this looks to be quite the affair to keep us all warm on these chilly days.

It reminded me of a wonderful meal that my husband and I shared oh, some 26 years ago - I remember the "amuse bouche" (though it wasn't called that) more than anything else about the evening. It was the 5th Anniversary dinner at Cafe Beaujolais - 1982 (almost 27 years ago - it was the restaurant's anniversary not ours). Fire-dried walnuts and not-quite-ripe champagne served by the winemaker himself - John Scharffenberger  (yes, of both champagne & chocolate fame) - an evening that etched itself in my epicurean & sensual memory. 

I think it would be fun to present an entire meal composed of various amuse bouches. Just little things. A veritable orgy of brief bites. One of Craig's more amusing recipes (pun intended) is a Bay Leaf Fritter. I cannot wait to try these! 

Here's the full schedule:

Sunday January 25  Amuse-Bouche    Host: Craig Sorensen

Monday January 26   Appetizer    Host: Shanna Germain

Wednesday January 28   Soup   Hosts: Helia Brookes and Jeremy Edwards

Thursday January 29   Fish   Host: Neve Black

Friday January 30  Meat Entree   Host: Kirsten Monroe

Saturday January 31  Vegetarian Entree   Host: Donna George Storey

Monday February 2   Salad   Host: Emerald

Tuesday February 3   Dessert    Host: Sommer Marsden

Wednesday February 4   Petit Fours & Truffles   Host: Nikki Magennis  


Anonymous said...

Hey, Erobintica -- thanks for putting this on your blog! :) I wanted to pop over and ask how you would prefer to be listed on my blogroll (if it's okay with you for me to put you there). I have you as "Erobintica" now, but would you prefer to be listed as Robin Elizabeth? If so, just let me know. :)


Erobintica said...

Hi Emerald! Well, I just think it's one of the best things happening right now (and so looking forward to the double dose of soup on Wednesday when we're due for another snowstorm - sigh).

I'd be honored to be on your blogroll - Erobintica is fine - there's only one of those and a bajillion Robin Elizabeths.

I'm looking forward to your palate cleansing salad course next Monday - a whole week away - sigh again.

Anonymous said...

"a whole week away - sigh again"

Lol -- since I just "practiced" for it last night and found there will be another trip to the store and practice round in order (which is great, actually, as that's what the practice round was for), I'm not feeling quite the same impatience! ;)

But no, I actually really am looking forward to it. Thank you for your excitement! I'm looking forward to seeing you there! :)

Gina Marie said...

Hi Robin,

Thank you thank you for including the sensual feast on your site! What a lovely remembrance of that long-ago dinner -- with a Scharffenberger! Be still my heart.

A whole meal of kisses would be delightful! Might just have to try that sometime.

Erobintica said...

Emerald & Kirsten,

I almost feel like I've been crashing a party, haha, being so new and all. Thanks for making me feel welcome.

*sneaks another appetizer off the plate*