had a 14pax homecooked dinner for my primary school classmates on 22.1.2016. ^^
as i was saying in another post –
we were not in contact for a long time.
recently another classmate came visiting from the states, so i joined a few of them at din tai fung @ gem after lunch on a saturday as i already had a lunch appointment that day.
one thing led to another & a group came to my place today for a 14pax homecooked dinner. ^^
weather was not so co-operative.
it was almost like thunderstorm at the time my guests were arriving.
this was the first time these friends came to my place.
a friend brought excellent cookies & pineapple tarts, so we had a good chat & munch on the cookies & spanish omelette before all arrived. 🙂
i had a pumpkin tofu salad. taste was quite ok but presentation this evening was not so good.
spanish omelette were also tasty. texture for 1 was slightly out & not firmed up enough.
the char siew was a taste i liked.
colour & burnt part looked good too.
but perhaps it was not the sweeter honeyed taste that some preferred. anyway it was mostly finished.
many in the group didn’t take much belly pork so there was a bit more left.
overall i think i made a bit too much food, especially the pasta & risotto.
most friends liked the teriyaki cod.
the taste was good but i felt the cod was NOT the best. it was hard to tell as i bought from the same source, usually giant, sheng shiong or ntuc.
i felt that the cod itself was not so great this evening.
son made an excellent lemon chicken on christmas eve home dinner 2014 when he came back for christmas holidays.
so i whatsapped him for the recipe. 🙂
& i used the beer can method to give a more rounded roasting w/o using the rotisserie.
& it came out beautifully. a friend who used to sell chicken rice, commented she liked the chicken most. ^^
the 2 pastas were very good at the time of cooking. very tasty, as good as it looked.
i did them well in advance, thinking of putting them in the oven at 40degC to keep warm.
it was a few hours ahead of dinner. i decided to heat them up again.
i felt that the end result was not so good, not the very al dente pasta i liked.
same thing with the cheese sausage pasta.
another thing was that i cooked just too much pasta.
should have trusted my first instinct & not added more pasta.
the seafood risotto was also far from my best.
a friend said she liked the risotto most because it had very intense flavours (i used a prawn heads/shell stock moderated with lots of vegetables).
still it was really a very far cry from my best seafood risotto, which should look & taste like this one above!
a friend pre-arranged to bring cut fruits.
another friend really bakes very well (& i suspect cooks very well too).
i really enjoyed his almond & peanut cookies & pineapple tarts.
the friend who brought the cut fruits also brought pineapple tarts. both were very good but i liked the first version.
the pineapple fillings were less “in the face” (some commented drier) but excellent pastry. i reasoned that i liked that better as it was more differentiated from commercial pineapple tarts & i liked the pastry bits more than the pineapple fillings.
it was a fun evening. think of it we knew each other for 50yrs+ since 1965 (from primary one)…for me it was from primary 2.
for the food, i was actually not so satisfied.
it was quite below my usual standard, and some dishes might not suit some friends. for my cooking philosophy, it is not important what dishes i cook, but it should be dishes that everybody enjoyed.
so in all my dinners, there were hardly leftover food. this evening some of my planning & food amounts were a bit out, but i will adjust in future dinners.