fes·ti·val / noun / "a day or period of celebration".
Edamus hosted a day of celebration on a beautiful and rainy summers evening in Mpumalanga.
Much love and time went into planning an authentic and traditional 7 course menu for this special dinner party. We spend a lot of time researching Italian meals over various glasses of home made Limoncello (an Italian lemon liqueur).
Italians typically dine over the course of 5-8 small meals.
We opened the celebration and welcomed guests with an aperitivo of delicious arancini(deep fried risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella) topped with sriracha mayonnaise and edible flowers, served with limoncello.
We then dedicated a whole course to antipasto consisting of imported Italian ham, local cheeses, artichokes, olives, capers, bread sticks and ciabatta rolls.
The primo, what we call a starter, brought warmth to the hearts of the guests, as we treated them to an exotic mushroom risotto topped with fried mushrooms and a drizzle of black truffle infused oil.
The secondo is considered the more important meal depending on the locality or the situation. Our situation called for both pizza & pasta.
Because we believe everything that is home made is much better, we gathered up some forces i.e. various bottles of wine and spend some nights kneading and rolling out fresh pizza and pasta dough.
We served a choice of bacon, feta and avocado pizza or smoked and marinated chicken with green peppers, onions, peppadews and a drizzle of the best bbq sauce.
Needles to say the pizzas were so good we didn't get a chance to take a picture.
We also perfected the most delicious Bolognese recipe and served that with home made fettuccini.
To clean the palates we created beautiful tomato, ricotta and basil caprese wreath salads with a balsamic reduction.
Last but not least guests indulged in light and creamy slices of pure Italian goodness, tiramisu.
We concluded this beautiful and festive evening of friends celebrating the love of others with a digestif of Disaronno(an amaretto flavoured liqueur).