wife organised a christmas eve dinner. E could not make it, so we had 8pax including aunty bes on 24.12.2018. ^^
1 pumpkin rocket salad
2 wife’s crayfish pasta
3 beer can chicken
4 grilled snapper
5 herb crusted rack of lamb
6 wife’s grilled vegetables
7 pangrilled vegetables
daughter organised a gift exchange. she let us draw a no. earlier. it happened that i drew my wife’s no. and she drew mine. i not into buying christmas gift. buy a gift for my wife that’s quite fine..zalora to the rescue! haha! ^^
this evening wife made some dishes herself.
i made a pumpkin rocket salad. the children loved the salad.
her famous crayfish pasta.
crayfish very fresh and creamy tomato sauce nicely done. aunty bes prepared the capeillini. it was slightly overdone. later the children took the tagliatelle i made which were al dente for the crayfish pasta, so i didn’t make my tagliatelle dish…:-)
the ham which came in a hamper was quite nice, but not much taker. so i took a few pieces.
wife bought sweet potatoes from red mart and i bought the purple ones from sheng shiong (japanese sweet potatoes from vietnam???)..
mine was 1/2 the price at S$3/kg and it was really quite nice. but the expensive ones were softer and nicer.
grilled sweet corn always nice.
and we all loved brussel sprouts.
i also made some pan=grilled vegetables – red & yellow peppers and zucchini. and wife did the portobello mushrooms.
i made again the beer can chicken.
it was just as lovely as what i made few evenings ago for my RI makan group friends. chicken was tender, moist, sweet and flavourful, and grilled skin specially a nice flavour.
i also made a lamb rack this evening.
this rack was frenched but not denuded, so i had to cut away lots of fats.
it was very well cleaned so no much gamey taste.
i charred it on the pan before putting on the herb crust.
lamb crusted and ready for grill 22mins at 210degC for medium rare.
we ate the lamb forgot to take photos. lol!
today the grilled fish didn’t come out so well. the oven was different one so timing and temperature somehow did not produce the same effect…
marinade was nice. i flamed the fish, and we took the top part which was quite nice. the part nearer the bones were not cooked through so i left it in the oven.
& it actually came out very nicely bbq, and very flavourful…
so, a very enjoyable family dinner and as good food as eating out really. and after dinner we took photos around the christmas tree and shared the presents.
a memorable & close family evening together. ^^