this evening we had 4pax, only youngest daughter & BF joined us for dinner on 25.12.2016. ^^
we did mostly the same dishes as the day before.
wife made her excellent quinoa salad.
i made a pink sauce pasta in place of the mentaiko pasta (which we intend to do for NYE new year eve!).
we did largely similar roasted vegetables, & smoked salmon with dull, to use up the leftover ingredients.
i can take wife’s quinoa salad many times, everytime. so nice!
the lightly smoked salmon with dill was another repeatable. no complaints from me la..
youngest daughter said she missed red meat last evening.
this time we had pan-grilled kurobuta steak.
this was very nice, as always. price about S$39/kg from phoon huat delicatessen. a bit more expensive than the cheaper grass fed beef, quite a lot cheaper c/w grain-fed black angus ribeye or wagyu.
we all liked the kurobuta. daughter said for herself, beef still better even though kurobuta was very good.
the ika sugatayaki (means whole grilled squid) was new thing this evening, an experiment.
there are to my understanding 2 key steps (of course you also need to get a large squid & do the incomplete ring cuts etc)-
- step 1 – get the squid bone dry so it can grill/char well in the oven at 250degC (max for my oven) for 15mins…since i did not have/use a bbq grill, so it’s just the best way to do it in an oven.
- step 2 – baste the squid midway with teriyaki sauce or other marinade to caramelise & enhance the taste…for this experiment i only added salt & pepper just before grilling.
the squid was very good. texture was just right, not tough/rubbery.
it was a still work-in-progress. i will try basting with teriyaki sauce at my next try.
wife did the roasted vegetables this time.
this time the sweet corn were less dry & more juicy.
daughter loved the prawn pasta in pink sauce.
i am thinking to try out some cream sauce pasta next time to give some variety. has been taking this pink sauce pasta a bit often lately.
last dish was the pan-grilled wagyu.
it was good, sweet, not tough.
i guess overall it was still quite good. all the food finished (except some pasta left!)
had great family time. quite simple dishes both wife & i just did our little bit. a really enjoyable time together on christmas day.