All work and no Saturday sit-down dinners makes this writer a cranky chap, so recently I gladly accepted friends' invitation to a dinner based on the cookbook Nigella Bites. Nigella Lawson is a British best selling author and host of Nigella Feasts and Nigella Express.
Our hosts, David and Carol Cortright, opened their wonderfully eclectic home and provided an assortment of creative cuisine. Carol Cortright, accomplished chef and writer herself, started the evening with watermelon daiquiris and Elvis Presley Sandwiches - great little appetizers of peanut butter and sliced bananas on white bread, all fried to a golden turn.
Kicking caution into the humid night, I promptly overindulged, leaving just enough room for the main course - eggplant ratatouille, a sublime mix of vegetables, herbs and garlic. A double helping and plump strawberry trifle for dessert sent this gourmand home sated and ready for the sack.