Dinner Party: summer rolls, snails, smoked trout, shrimp, lamb loin chops and potatoes


Had a dinner party for 9 people last weekend. Fine wine and dine with some fine people in my life 🙂

I’ve never had endives before. They are bitter in its raw form. For pairing I chose basil and tomato, just to play it safe. Who doesn’t like a classic combination? And because I had a mixed crowd of meat eaters, seafood eaters and a muslim, I had to come up with a combination appetizers to please the crowd. Hence there were a plate of basil tomato smoked trout on endive and a plate of basil tomato pancetta on endive. Besides those, I also threw in some mini vietnamese summer rolls in there to ‘borrow time’ (cooking main courses!). Earlier on that day, I came across some cute little snails on sale at H mart. I had to try them and make the dinner a little exotic AND of course I had 4 newcomers to my dinner party…so I felt like shocking them with some snails!

Main courses of the night were Malaysian/Singaporean (even this Malaysian is confused about the originality of this dish lah) chilli shrimps or other Chinese/Hongkongese call it ketchup shrimps. The other main course served was Grand Marnier rack of lamb cooked to medium raw…medium, in my twist of my own ‘angry sauce’. I grew up eating lamb with a hint of orange and I think they make a great combination as you know how gamey lamb could get. Orange mellows the lamb-yness down a notch.

Some people missed dessert. Nothing particularly special…just some oranges (duh!) and red bean mochi ice cream.

 

 

May 2, 2011
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Little Japanese Dinner Party


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Salmon and Ribeye on a bed of cucumber

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Easy nigiris

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Japanese ceviche

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Kawaii and oishi ne?

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Miso soup, sunomono, nigiris

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i call it the zen table

Made a 4 -course Japanese dinner party last weekend. 3 people failed to show. Bleh. The 2 that made it had a blast and really enjoyed (and overstuffed themselves!) the dinner 😉

 

Anyway, another big dinner party is coming up! Stay tune lah.

April 20, 2011
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The Girlfriend’s First East Meets West Dinner


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Sushi and Fillet Mignon

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First time using my little fancy plates

April 8, 2011
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Main course for 1st al fresco dining 2011-rack of lamb


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Grand Marnier Glazed Rack of Lamb

main course for the evening was rack of lamb with the sauce recipe that shall be remained a secret. mash potatoes with caramelized red onions. robert mondavi’s napa valley cabernet sauvignon 2007 brought by the lovely lady.

March 24, 2011
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First Al Fresco Dining 2011-steamed cockles


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Steamed Cockles in Kung Po Sauce

 

When you go to the grocery store, look for the freshest seafood and then plan your dinner. IF you’ve already planned your menu, tweak it because fresh and on-sale stuff sometimes are rare to come by


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