One of my first culinary challenges of the year will be to create some out-of-this-world amuse-bouche for an alien-themed dinner party. The theme is my husband's, but I hijacked the menu and the bar offerings. Think Martian Martini Bar.
Why amuse-bouche? I've done tapas dinners; I've served a series of heavy hors d'œuvres for dinner. But there was something intriguing to me about creating a flavorful mouthful. An amusing mouthful. One mouthful. Only one bite. And I love the way amuse-bouche are served: minature cups and bowls, artistically twisted silverware. It's a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.
I won't tip my culinary hat too much as some of the attendees will see this posting, but let's just say that while Jake watches UFO documentary after documentary in the six weeks leading up to this party, I'm concocting flavor combinations that, I hope, will launch tastebuds to the heavens!
Menu, photos, and recipes to come later.