Night In: IronFest 2013 – Night 2

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IronFest 2013 continues!  This past week included the second night of our ongoing iron-themed extravaganza.  This week’s get-together was, quite literally, iron-filled.

Once again, Amy of Amy’s Nutritarian Kitchen and I met up to celebrate our affinity for the Iron Man franchise, cooking, and RDJ.  As I had a Zumba ritual to indulge earlier that evening, Amy took on cooking dinner on her own.  As I expected she would, she created delicious, healthful dishes that were also feasts for the eyes.

DSCN1832When I arrived, Amy was just putting the finishing touches on the main course, an adaptation of beet pasta with ricotta.  I was terribly intrigued by the big twist: zucchini strips were used in lieu of pasta, lightening the dish and adding an extra dose of veggies to the recipe.  How crafty!  Once added to the zucchini, the beet sauce turned the dish a brilliant red color.  The addition of crumbled ricotta gave the dish a touch of saltiness that balanced out the slight sweetness of the ferric beets.

DSCN1834Accompanying our colorful entree was a curried potato kale galette.  Amy and I had our first adventure with a galette a couple months ago, during which we concluded that galettes are essentially lazy pies and we loved them.  Prior to serving the present dish, Amy warned me that it wouldn’t look quite like the last galette we made, which it wasn’t.  This savory side dish included a viridian combination of veggies and spices blanketed with sliced golden potatoes.  The combination of the rich side and the nutritive entree made for an outstandingly wholesome meal and terrific prologue to the rest of our evening.

DSCN1835We sipped away on House Red Wine and chatted about our weekends while we enjoyed our dinner.  I shared the details of my brewery and museum adventures and listened with just a bit of envy while Amy regaled me with her and her husband’s outing to see Hell’s Belles, an all-female AC/DC tribute band, in concert.  As I’d hoped, Amy said that the concert was awesome.  I underlined my mental note to someday see them for myself.

After finishing dinner, we fired up that night’s feature presentation, Iron Man 2!  It had taken us a short while to clean up dinner, so we were ready for dessert by the time the film started.  I was happy to have been assigned dessert duty for the evening, so I broke out my creation: some simple French macaroons.  I had run short on time that afternoon, so I brought along some Nutella to serve as a filling.  How can you go wrong with Nutella.  We watched the movie, munched away on macaroons and Nutella, and discussed our opposing views on Scarlett Johansson.  Good times!

Wrapping up the movie and that night’s festivities, we made preliminary plans for next week’s IronFest.  We couldn’t believe that IronFest 2013 was already half-over!  As shocking as it was, it did mean that we were all the closer to the grand finale.  Iron Man 3, here we come!

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