What do you think I'm up to?
Update, 9/8/18, 10:30 am...
1) All the ingredients are not shown.
2) Do not assume it's all for one dish...
More hints to come.
Update, 12:06 pm...
Here are more hints:
Why is this bread still sitting out? Did it sit out all night?
Are those potatoes? Here's the meat again -- plus a newly revealed ingredient (it was in the freezer before)...
Here are my marked-up and dog-eared directions:
If you can decipher my notes, I'll tell you that I'm actually a bit ahead of schedule...
Update, 3 pm...
I am definitely ahead of schedule. I have just major one task before I head over for confessions and Mass.
Meanwhile, here are more photographic clues. Could these be basil leaves?
What will I do with these raisins?
Something cooking (cooling, actually) on the stove...
I better get back to work!
One more update before I go over for confessions. Just a few minutes ago, I combined the bread, bourbon-soaked raisins and the milk-cream-egg-sugar mixture. (Also some sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.) Now it goes into the fridge; I won't bake it till the main course comes out of the oven. This is my first time making this: I don't know if it's a bad idea to have it soak for 3 hours, but I don't have much choice.
Have you figured it out? I've shown you something of every dish I'm going to serve tonight. Hint: with the exception of the last item, I've made all the other things, some recently.
OK, there's the 3:30 pm bell! Got to go!
Update -- postmortem:
Sorry, no pictures, but when it all came ready, I wasn't taking time to snap photos!
Some of you guessed some of the items. Here's the full menu from last night:
Aperitivo: assorted olives, cheese and nuts with drinks
Antipasto: Caprese salad; i.e., fresh tomato slices, with buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil.
Primo: Beef Wellington
Contorno: Mashed potatoes
Dulce: Bread pudding with whipped cream
Also coffee and digestivos followed, in the proper Italian way. (Well, not quite: I had coffee with the dessert, not after.)
How did everything turn out, you ask?
The Caprese salad had two challenges. The tomatoes weren't sliced neatly, and the basil wilted faster than I thought it would, but it all worked and tasted really good. Assembling five salads was a trick -- that is, I did them individually.
The Beef Wellington turned out well. I still have to figure out how to avoid the extra pastry on the ends; although that is pretty tasty, especially the next day, heated up and buttered for breakfast.
I put too much cream in the potatoes, and I wish I'd kept the pudding in the oven another ten minutes. The next time I make bread pudding (this was my first time), I'll add more bourbon and maybe use either brown sugar or maple syrup. Also, maybe sprinkle sugar over it before baking. But it turned out really well. Everyone had a good time.