youngest daughter was celebrating an important occasion & invited 30 friends to the house on 25.7.2015.^^
we had a really wonderfully scrumptious family-cooked lunch for her friends.
we did 13 delectable dishes!^^
& her friend made a professional pastry chef standard 2-tier cake. 🙂
wife also made a PIMMS cocktail!^^
i cannot hold liquor but i liked it very much & took maybe 5 or 6 cups & a bit drunk afterwards. 🙂
#1 wife made a lovely pumpkin tofu salad, something she picked up from marmalade after dining there. 🙂
#2 i did a vietnamese chargrilled pork cold beehoon. 🙂
we recently had this dish at mrs pho. i would think that my version was just as good. 🙂
#3 & i made a chicken ballotine.
#3 i steamed the first batch of 2 for 15mins. it was slight overdone.
the second batch i reduced to 12mins. & this was quite perfect! tender, juicy, flavourful.^^
#4 my helper did the chicken nuggets. pretty good too. 🙂
#5 & her chicken wings are a perennial favourite. 🙂
#6 i did a thai red curry sotong.
this the first time i cooked this dish. i fried in butter the sotong (squid) like i did for my flamed squid in spinanch veloute, but w/o flaming it (too tedious for quantity for 30+pax!). i tasted the sotong & it was excellent. i made the red curry gravy using the dancing chef’s ready mix with some cut yellow onions. the curry was just superb, so the combination was just crazy, a clear winner!^^
#7 for the chicken thigh, i pan-grilled on a very hot stainless steel pan. it was perfect, and daughters’ friends walloped the 6 pieces of deboned thighs from 3 chicken in double quick time. 🙂
unlike the red curry dish, for this yellow curry, i made it as a sauce similar to busaba’s to-die-for grilled chicken green curry fried rice.^^
there was actually an egg fried rice dish (which was also pretty good) to accompany the thai chicken & sotong curries but i did not have a photo.
#8 wife made an excellent creamy tomato pasta. she usually use crayfish from chinatown & for me it’s the best pasta ever.
this time, we could not get crayfish at chinatown so she used large prawns as proxy. 🙂
#9 & my helper made her crowd favourite cheese sausage spaghetti.
the whole family like this & all my children’s friends who came to the house previously all enjoyed this pasta by my helper. 🙂
#10 i made an excellent squid ink spaghetti this time, no errors, no horrors, no misses, simply fabulous, par excellence!
very nicely creamy, i added butter (only when tossing with fire off! – you don’t want to boil the butter).^^
& fantastic colour, al dente pasta & irresistible squid ink flavour with wonderful chicken stock & squid.
#11 & the tagliata di manzo had my daughter’s friends swooning & asking for more.
in the end i cooked a second portion, total 4x300g = 1.2kg of 150D grain-fed black angus ribeye.
daughter’s friend made her a totally professional pastry chef standard 2-tier cake.
plus lemon tarts & also cup cakes. every cake item was just fabulous! 🙂
it was as good as ever. daughter’s friends finished an entire tub. ^^ i had a spare tub though. there was too much cake already so we saved that.
& my daughter arranged a photo booth which was a lot of fun, & her friends came in all kinds of costumes.
the photo booth guy just finished national service & is going to london for further studies. that’s what young people do a lot these days, with internet & social media offering excellent reach, connectivity & empowerment! 🙂
what a simply incredible, most enjoyable & memorable occasion to be savoured.