Every month of the year has its special connotations – July is all sunshine, sandals and barbecues; October means crisp air, beautiful colours and favourite boots – and for most of us December is simply magical. It’s when snow is described as “pretty” and “softly-falling” rather than “wet” and “stormy.” It’s when the streets dazzle us with twinkling lights, decorations and festive tunes and everything seems a little more fun and everyone a little more relaxed (last-minute shoppers excluded). And so, to mark the first day of this lovely month, we have created a cozy, bistro-inspired dinner party menu for four to help you celebrate. Invite your favourite people and toast December.
Main: Pork tenderloin with cider thyme jus. This is a wonderful and easy entrée for four. Pork medallions add sophistication and cook quickly.
Starter: Romaine with sautéed pears is a simple first course as everyday romaine is upgraded with nuts, parmesan and warm pears.
Side: Serve the tenderloin with a white bean purée, which is a speedy substitute for mashed potatoes and soaks up the delicious sauce. But if you are partial to potatoes, any mashed variation will work well. Steamed green beans are also a perfect complement to this meal.
Dessert: Chocolate pâté. It’s hard to believe, but this luxurious dark-chocolate indulgence only takes five minutes to throw together. Serve with softly whipped cream and ripe fruit.