My good friend Colin is staying with me for a few days so he can interview for jobs in the vicinity, and today happens to be his birthday. I was overjoyed to have a houseguest I could cook for, since Colin will eat literally anything that's placed in front of him (and cooking for just one tends to be depressing).
First I made shiitake and portobello mushroom pizza with fresh thyme and tons of garlic. I made the dough from scratch and used alfredo sauce as a base instead of tomato sauce.
I offered to make Colin's favorite dessert to round out his birthday dinner. He surprised me when he told me it was bread pudding. I've never attempted to make bread pudding, and I think I've only eaten it a handful of times, but I'm generally up for a challenge. I made bread pudding with croissants, dark chocolate and sour cherries.
I didn't expect it to come out as nearly as beautiful as it did. Here's a closer look:
I finished it off with warm white chocolate sauce and homemade whipped cream
Colin ran away when I tried to take a picture of him enjoying his birthday dinner, so I don't have any action shots of the food being appreciated, but suffice it to say that the two of us polished off the pizza and devoured half the pan of pudding.
I wish I had an excuse to cook more often.
My room is comfortably small with rubber lining the walls
and there's someone always calling my name