Eight or nine months ago, two good friends of ours (mine, N.’s, our department’s) got married. Because they were in Canada at the time on a Fulbright scholarship, no one here in Oregon who adores them were able to share their celebration in person.
But they are back now, and I have conspired to throw them a belated reception in my backyard in a few weeks. We will be grilling, but I know there will be plenty of chopping, roasting, sauteing, and baking as well. I have plans, but I’d love to hear some input: if you were going to an upscale backyard BBQ, bringing your own grillables and perhaps a bottle of wine, what would you be bringing? What kinds of side dishes would you hope to eat? What items should not be missed when we assemble our menu?
Some kind of potato salad–either classic comfort food or something more unique. Anything with berries. Grilled corn on the cob w/ lime butter. And either a pinot grigio or something sparkling.
My new fave side dish involves whirling peas (frozen are fine, just thaw them first!), mint, parmesan, lemon juice and a bit of salt and pepper. I eat it with bread, on sammies, or with pasta. It tastes like summer.
Otherwise, perhaps (though perhaps not all together…) homemade potato chips with rosemary, spring rolls with mango, strawberry-jalapeno margaritas, tangerine pudding, s’mores brownies…
Or maybe just a selection of homemade popsicles in all kinds of unexpected flavors — mango/basil, watermelon/mint, coconut/lime, strawberry/rosemary, carrot/ginger…
These ideas sound incredible; I particularly like the pea crostini idea. I have a bunch of nasturtiums in bloom, which seems a way to collaborate your suggestions: pea crostini topped with flowers. Yum!
Ooh! Or what about a salad filled with edible flowers — rose petals, marigolds, whathaveyou…?
(Can you tell I’d like to have a backyard bbq myself?)