I know, I know, that title sounds totally irreverent. Or maybe ominous. Take your pick.
On Sunday mornings, David and I always listen to Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR. I shout out the answers to the weekend puzzle quiz, and David tries to have deep conversations about foreign affairs while we eat breakfast.
Sunday's topic: what would you eat for your last meal, if you could plan it?
The conversation was sparked by a conversation the new host, Audie Cornish, had with a writer named Melanie Dunea, who wrote a book called My Last Supper: the Next Course. Dunea had the enviable task of interviewing fifty chefs and asking them what they would eat for their last meal. It was a great interview, capped by the conclusion that an absurd number of chefs would choose foie gras, truffles and caviar for inclusion in the meal.
|Photo from Amazon.com. This is the second book on this topic that Dunea has written, |
with different chefs featured in each one.
It's a wonderful interview, funny and incisive in terms of how we would want that meal to be spent, and what foods mean the most to us. I would love to hear what others think of it, and the link is here:
This sparked a long conversation about what David and I would choose. For him, it had more to do with where the meal took place and who would attend--fair things to consider, since good company makes any meal better. For me, it was about the flavors and textures that I would want to savor for one last time. Neither of us even considered having a luxury product like caviar or foie gras as part of the meal.
Here's the rough outline of the menu and beverage pairings I would choose:
Trofie pasta with pesto and shaved pecorino
Beverage pairing: French Rose or Italian Arneis
Beverage pairing: Washington State Cabernet blend or California Merlot
Arugula salad with sea salt and shallot-lemon vinaigrette
Beverage pairing: Sparkling wine from Soter Vineyard (Oregon) or Iron Horse (California)
Beverage pairing: French Chablis
Assorted petit fours and macarons
Beverage pairing: Coffee and Mint Tea
Nothing fancy there, just classics prepared perfectly. The dessert choice was a cop out, I'll admit--I adore cake and small desserts, but didn't feel strongly enough to select a single dessert. Plus I'd be so stuffed by that point that I wouldn't want much sweet.
I'd be fascinated to hear what others would choose--I'm also thinking it would make a great table topic the next time I have a dinner party.
What would you choose?