Well unlike Mother’s Day, our oldest had to do this one without his brother, as Zach is still in Vienna, learning German. Lucky for him, his lovely girlfriend offered to help and be part of the celebration!
The guest of honor requested Beef Wellington, and left the rest of the menu up to the team. They decided to go with the complete bill of fare of Tyler Florence’s Beef Wellington meal, posted on the Food Network site. It consists of The Ultimate Beef Wellington with Green Peppercorn Sauce, Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs and Garlic, and Warm Wilted Greens.
Four or five years ago, I made this same Beef Wellington recipe for Steve’s birthday. Whenever he gets a chance to make a request, he goes for this dish. It is not hard, just a lot of work and very time consuming. But now to do Tyler’s whole meal is a lot! Complete with flaming skillets, they made every recipe and used chicory with garlic scapes for the wilted (winter) greens, which was brilliant! The honey combined with the balsamic vinegar and toasted walnuts was divine. And it was enough cooking of the chicory to just pour the hot liquids over the washed greens. (I was secretly concerned about that but I did a good job of keeping my mouth shut.) The potatoes were amazing. And the beef, well, the beef was divine! So good in fact, it really didn’t need any green peppercorn gravy.
They did an amazing job on the whole meal. It was delicious, beautiful and brimming with LOVE. For dessert, they made a Blackberry Raspberry Coconut Tarte, from Smitten Kitchen, that was buttery and rich. A delicious ending to the meal, while we all watched Mad Men, although we all agreed it needed more fruit than the recipe called for.
Steve was treated like a king, as well he should be, as he is a fantastic Dad!
Hope all you Dads out there enjoyed a magnificent Father’s Day too!!