wife arranged for her good friend close friend J, and family H & M to come for dinner this evening on 20.10.2018. ^^
my daughter, SIL & youngest daughter joined for 8pax dinner..son forgot he has RI 10yrs get together so missed this home dinner.
i made 10 dishes-
- watermelon feta cheese salad (my first attempt)
- Dubrovnik orange jam chicken
- ika sugatayaki (japanese grilled whole squid)
- chorizo prawns
- grilled vegetables
- tagliatelle fruiti mare
- squid ink risotto
- vongole spaghetti
- herb crusted rack of lamb (celery, mint)
- tagliata di manzo (USDA Prime corn fed ribeye and black angus 150days grain fed ribeye)
& J brought her wonder platter of delicious fruits.
my first time making watermelon salad. kind of tired of pumpkin & quinoa salad.
i googled. bought a watermelon S$6.99 from sheng shiong. the guy selected a ripe one for me and luckily it was very sweet.i cut about <1/3 melon into cubes, added 100g feta cheese cut smaller cubes, and 2 stalks of chopped mint. and chilled.
when serving added 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil, squeezed 1 fresh lime, added 1/2tbp salt.
it was really refreshing. everyone loved the salad. ^^
i served the 5 tapas dishes first.
the dubrovnik orange jam chicken not my best.
the non-stick property of the pan i used was failing so did not do the browning very well, and texture not the best.
still quite a tasty dish & all finished.
everyone loved the ika sugatayaki.
steamed 95% cooked, then added agave nectar, a bit of honey, gourmet butter, sea salt & pepper & flamed.
absolutely delicious la! 🙂
& everyone loved the chorizo prawns, so tasty, delicious even though i used frozen prawns.
grilled vegatables was a good complement to the meat dishes. the corn especially good becos i added gourmet butter.
i should hvae flamed the vegetables too la!
the 3 pastas were quite superb because of the tasty intense chicken stock.
and they were all al dente. i made the pasta dishes more al dente after the recent amalfi coast trip. my children, whole family all liked it al dente.
good tagliatelle, with prawn & squid, and basil from my garden.
likewise the squidink risotto, very flavourful form the stock & special squid ink flavour & totally al dente.
very nice indeed!
and a vongole spaghetti specailly for my youngest daughter. she ate vongole like everyday during our recent amalfi coast trip.
the rack of lamb was very good. i lazy to do pistachio crusted so just used chopped fresh celery (could not get parsley) and chopped mint from my garden).
H told J and my wife (who don’t take lamb) that it was like a good chicken. indeed no gamey taste, very tender & moist, adn nice flavour. M loved the crust too.
i sued 2 beef from mmmm this evening, an australian black angus grain fed ribeye S$69/kg and a more expensive USDA prime corn fed ribeye S$100/kg
.the usda prime was more marbled and fat flavoured. the black angus was more beefy. actually M and i both preferred the more beefy black angus and i think H as well.
and of course nothing c/w J’s wonder fruit platter, so beautiful to behold and all the sweet tasty fruits including a special kiwiberry, and of course yellow dargonfruit, persimmon, honey jackfruit, cherries, blueberries etc, no fig this evening.
we had a wonderful evening, dinner and sharing among good friends.