Last night’s Virgo Bash was dining and eye filling beyond expectations. Diane decorated the kitchen and the dining area with a collection of pictures selected around the theme of “Temptation in The Garden of Earthly Delights.” She did close up photocopies of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden plus the Apple and earlier Eve emerging from Adam’s Rib. Which I always had thought was pretty weird until Kevin told us last night that it was commonly thought by the Ancients that was how babies came into the word but it still seems pretty weird to me. Diane had many photo copies of famous artists and their interpretations of the events in the Garden placed around the dining area.

At the counter with much conversation Di served a Sparkling Libation with these hors-d’oeuvres: a Wild Hibiscus Flower in their glass and Gorgonzola Stuffed Dried Figs, Greek Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) and Macadamia Nuts. Then we moved into the dining room for the remainder of the dinner.

The First Course: Tortellini alla panna: the Tortellini were thought by the Bolognese who invented the shape to be the navel of Venus This dish is particularly luscious being made with tortellini, butter, cream, strips of leg ham and 1 cup of ground pecorino and sliced bits of prosciutto accompanied by some bread of life (brilliant garlic bread).

The Chef’s Main Course: Adam’s Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb (the ribs), Tree Broccolini of Life with Bitter Herb and Rocket Salad. Everyone mentioned at how tender the lamb was and surprisingly the broccollini was mostly devoured.

Tempting Apple Cake with Cream was made from a recipe Diane’s mom sent to her and it was a big hit.

The beverages were many and very applicable to the age of the guests as well as their driving needs: the hors—d’oeuvre’s were accompanied by two French sparkling wines, Grandin and Grande Curve’e 1531; after this initial welcome the drinks were split between those driving and those not: Sparkling Apple Juice and San Pellegrino mineral water for those driving and Fortant Cabernet Sauvignon for those not.

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