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