It consisted of a simple seven courses. However, time did not allow for proper food styling for the pictures or presentation, so I worked with the time I had. I did not want to keep him waiting, really. Here's what I prepared!
The first course was the Appetizer, which was a crostini made using a fresh baguette I got from the bakery, cream cheese, pink salmon that was briefly broiled, capers, and fresh dill from my sister's garden.
The second course was the Soup: Light onion soup in a beef broth.
The third course was the Salad. My version of a Caprese BLT. I'd normally add basil but he would not have liked it. It's skewers of tomato pieces (couldn't find cherry tomatoes or I would've used that), soy mozzarella cubes, turkey bacon, arugula from the garden as well (as the lettuce) and an olive oil, balsamic vinegar dressing.
The fourth course was Seafood (and pasta). I made a spicy pumpkin pasta with sauteed lime shrimp.
The fifth course was a Palate Cleanser (especially because the seafood was spicy). It was a frozen lemon-pine cocktail (with a little vodka).
The sixth course was the Meat. I prepared a creamy cauliflower puree, mustard glazed rosemary lamb chops and a side of garlicky green beans.
Finally, the last course was Dessert. I contemplated making a lot of different things including a coconut-pine panna cotta or homemade tiramisu but I did not have the time to do those things, so I cheated a little with cupcakes. He likes pina coladas, so I made a cupcake around those flavours sans the rum because he shared with young siblings. It was a pineapple flavoured batter with a bit of pine jelly in the center with a coconut infused buttercream and dessicated coconut. And of course, like every good pina colada, a cherry on top.