Dinner kicked off with an Elderflower Gin & Tonic, borrowing a recipe from the fabulous website of St~Germain (see St~Germain Gin and Tonic). Only I didn't have St~Germain, because coughing up $30 for a liqueur I won't use daily isn't something I've been able to do lately (although buying the liqueur for its bottle is something I would be guilty of), so I used the cheapo IKEA (at $6, I think) Elderberry Flower Syrup. After I handed Dave his and we both sipped, I said, "Hey, not bad, right?!" And Dave said, "That's . . . lovely" with surprising reverence in his voice.
Dinner continued with a Martha Stewart watercress-and-green onion soup. Can't find the recipe online to link to it. Basically, it was this:
5 C water
1 vegetable bouillion cube
1 chicken bouillion cube
2.5 C roughly chopped watercress
5 green onions, chopped (I would eyeball this, though, depending
on how much you like green onions)
Boil the water. Add the bouillions. Add the greens. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve with Martha's crazy homemade croutons, using whole wheat bread and gruyere. Or, alternately, get lazy and get out the box of croutons you bought for salad last week.
Dinner then concluded with this Real Simple (and really simple!) Garlicky Broiled Salmon with Tomatoes recipe. It was deeply yum.
Dessert was intended, but I was so full I had a foodbaby bump, so I had to nix it.