After the grey skies, freezing temperatures and incessant snow of the winter, we’ve finally turned the calendars onto March, and with it the promise of warm(er), sunny days. Much like we turn into our closets to review our wardrobe options, we should also inspect our pantry and our refrigerator for lighter, fresher fare. But like everybody knows, spring is inconsistent, and showers can turn to flurries, which can turn to beautiful sunny days. The trick for seasonal eating is to create menus that combine light with hearty, so you start lightening up but still have food that sticks to your bones during the last cold spells.
Inspired by the change in the season, we’ve created a fabulous, easy and delicious menu that you can use for your March dinner parties, no matter what the thermometer reads. We start with dense and creamy goat cheese, nestled atop rustic bread, paired with a light salad with fresh citrus fruit; we follow with a thick Sea Bass fillet is light enough not to weight us down, but paired with creamy polenta which provides that comfort food feeling we’re still not ready to let go off; and we finish with a bright and sunny Passion Fruit Pavlova dessert - airy, sweet and light, but creamy enough to satisfy our need for something luscious – and in single-serve portions so that we’re not tempted to load up.
Appetizer: Warm Goat Cheese Crostini Salad
Entree: Sea Bass Over Creamy Polenta
Dessert: Passion Fruit Pavlovas
Warm Goat Cheese Crostini Salad Appetizer
Certain foods are always staples, not matter what the season. Creamy chevres are always a welcome addition; just combine them with lighter ingredients to offset that gorgeously dense mouth feel. Add toasted bread and a light baby green salad with colorful wedges of mandarin oranges, and you have a delicious starter.
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Sea Bass Over Creamy Polenta
It’s not warm enough to go outside and grill your fresh catch, but that’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a great fresh fish dinner. Just pair this flaky sea bass fillet with a cream-cheese filled polenta for the perfect combination of light and hearty.
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Passion Fruit Pavlovas
Let the sun shine with these cheerful, sweet and delicious meringue pavlovas filled with sunny Passion Fruit puree - or any of your favorite flavors of fruit purees. It’s the perfect finish for a meal and a great sampling of the sunny days to come!
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