Christmas Day 4pax Family Homecooked Dinner on 25Dec2016

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad 

had an awesome 5pax homecooked christmas eve dinner last evening.

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.

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce 

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!).

dinner dishes

dinner dishes

dinner dishes

dinner dishes 

we did largely similar roasted vegetables, & smoked salmon with dull, to use up the leftover ingredients.

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad 

i can take wife’s quinoa salad many times, everytime. so nice!

smoked salmon with helper's home cultivated dill

smoked salmon with helper’s home cultivated dill

the lightly smoked salmon with dill was another repeatable. no complaints from me la..

pan-grilled kurobuta

pan-grilled kurobuta 

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.

ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki 

the ika sugatayaki (means whole grilled squid) was new thing this evening, an experiment.

recently we had the best ika sugatayaki at momor izakaya. i was thinking of how to replicate it & trying it out sometime.

ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki 

i had actually done this some days back (>3yrs ago in 2013). results were ok but not great.

there are to my understanding 2 key steps (of course you also need to get a large squid & do the incomplete ring cuts etc)-

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki 

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.

roasted vegetables

roasted vegetables 

wife did the roasted vegetables this time.

this time the sweet corn were less dry & more juicy.

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce 

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.

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4 

last dish was the pan-grilled wagyu.

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4 

it was good, sweet, not tough.

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4 

i though the beef was not quite up to the standard of what i did last on 4.12.2016.

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.

c.h.e.f andy

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