Clockwise, from upper left: St. Michael's Bannock with Honey Butter; Garden Salad with fancy-grated Parmesan cheese; Archangels on Horseback over Angel Hair Pasta Alfredo.
We had a lovely dinner in honor of St. Michael the Archangel (along with Sts. Gabriel and Rafael)--such as would earn the distinction of being called, as my big sister would say, "A Real Meal!"
I forgot to make the Deviled Eggs (we hardly needed them!), mostly because Sunny-boy was pretty out of sorts all afternoon, and Junie B. is actually quite sick as it turns out. (She chose to eat a little oatmeal on the couch, rather than join us for dinner. In addition to her sore throat, she's sporting a fever in the low hundreds.) :(
The scallops, engineered by Step 1, were much easier to prepare than I expected--now that I know how easy they are to cook, we'll definitely be having them again! I went with BH&G's Alfredo sauce recipe, which was good, but I would have liked it better with a pinch of Kosher salt and some garlic.
The bannock, however, was the real challenge. The recipe calls for a mixture of white, oat, barley and rye flours; and I only had white on hand (in fact, I don't think I've ever had any of those other flours on hand!). I did have some packages of instant oatmeal, though, and decided to give it a try as a substitute for at least the oat flour! I cut the recipe to 1/3, used honey as the choice for sweetener, and replaced the 1 1/3 c. oat flour with 4 bags of instant oatmeal (which, as it happens, is also 1 1/3 cups' worth). I needed to add at least 1/3 c. extra flour, too. I turned the dough out directly from the bowl into the frying pan, which I had generously buttered. Then I followed the rest of the recipe directions as written. (When it came to flipping the bannock, I had the genius idea of using a flat cookie sheet! It was a little awkward at first. As I stood there with the bannock lifted above the pan on the cookie sheet with one hand, and balanced on a pancake turner with the other, I asked our resident chef, "Any suggestions?" She helpfully offered, "Good luck.")
When the bannock was done, I placed it on a plate. Step 1 and I looked at it dubiously. "The recipe says everyone has to take a piece," she informed me, as we both wondered if...anyone...would. But after I cut it into 16 wedges, and placed them on a plate surrounding a dish of honey butter that Step 1 whipped up, it actually looked much more inviting. And it really was tasty! Not one piece remained after dinner.
Happy (belated) Feast of the Archangels!