The actual meal I made was minus the Griddled Chicory Salad since I can't find Chicory yet. Still hoping Moore Willsons will have it but I haven't had the chance to check yet.
Here is what I started with-
Here is the beginning of the desert. One side I made with shortbread cookies and the other with the sponge fingers that Jamie uses. The sauce on the bottom is something I made up. It was supposed to be the juice of oranges and lemoncello, but since we don't drink alcohol I had to think of something to substitute. I saw the lemoncello at the Mediterranean Warehouse checkout and started asking Garrett if he though we should get some. I had momentarily forgotten that it has alcohol in it and the loud lady at the checkout couldn't say enough about how amazingly good it was. It was in a little bottle and I asked the lady if it would last a long time since it was $12 for a small amount. She laughed and said "not in my house". I laughed too and said does it have alcohol in it? She looked shocked and said "uh YEAH! that is why it doesn't last long. It's Vodka". When we left Garrett said "it would probably cook out". I mentioned that this particular desert isn't cooked at all and on top of that cooking with wine is one thing but cooking with hard liquor is quite another :) So I took a saucepan and put in some water, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon extract. I boiled it down to a syrup (the lemoncello is supposed to be very lemony and syrup like). I turned from the stove for a minute and then when I turned back it had burned slightly. It tasted OK so I used it anyway but it cooled VERY thick and sticky. Not good! So I used it anyway but it would have been so perfect if it had not been scorched.
Here is the salad. Not super great but ok.
The rigatoni was fast to make-full of almonds, garlic, red chillies, anchovies, and cherry tomatoes with parmesan cheese. Not as savory as the Pesto Alla Trapanese though so I might substitute that instead next time I made this meal.
This is the ciabatta bread. You drizzle olive oil over the bread and sprinkle with dried thyme on top and pop it into the oven. It was warm and crisp and so amazingly good. I could have eaten the whole loaf by myself and skipped the rest of the meal.
A little bit of everything together made a fantastic meal.
The salad is wild rocket, parmesan cheese and 1/2 a lemon. But since we didn't have the chicory salad I added some cucumber slices as well.
The desert is topped with mascarpone mixed with icing sugar, skim-milk lemon and vanilla, topped with blueberries, chocolate shavings and dusted with more icing sugar.