2010 CNY Dinner
As K and her husband could not make dinner on 13 February (Reunion Dinner), we decided on the following week, which was yesterday.
Planned to cook 10 dishes and 3 desserts, and for this had all my shopping done a couple of days beforehand. Saturday morning itself, started at around 10 making my desserts first so that they could harden/cool in the fridge. Made my chocolate torte, finished that and then was starting on my mango pudding when I realised I did not have enough gelatine and also needed a pack of mango juice. Yikes, so had to drive to the supermarket to get them, but eeks, no mango juice. Was debating whether to go to another supermarket to get it, but decided against it as had so many other things to do and I was so afraid of running out of time.
By the time I got back, it was around 1+, so starting making my mango pudding. That done, my stomach was calling out to me, so had to take a break to have instant noodles. Turned to TV on just to see what was happening and "East Enders Revealed" was on - (this btw is an English soap that has been going on for a long, long time) -so anyways watched it for a bit but with a heavy heart, had to turn the TV off, otherwise - no dinner for my guests!!
Never made lychee sorbet before, but this was one dessert that I have always wanted to make and boy was it ever so easy. Opened a can of lychees, threw the fruit into a food processor and whizzed it. Then put the whizzed fruit and a pack of lychee juice into an icecream maker and 1/2 hour later - voila - sorbet. Hehe, didnt realise making sorbet was so easy!And yet I didnt take a picture of it! Duh!
The rest of the afternoon flew by and I am pleased to say that I managed to finish everything by about 8 - so just in time for dinner!
Recipes to follow shortly!
Braised Beef with Daikon
Roasted Chicken Wings
Scallops with Asparagus
Steamed Fish Paste Roll
Prawn, Mango and Banana Packet
The picture does not do this dish justice. I use wafer paper and in it I have prawns, sliced mango and banana. To top it, I add a litle sauce of condensed milk and mayo. Yumm!
Chicken Ngoh Hiang
I decided to make Chicken Ngor Hiang as one of my guests prefers chicken and I have been wanted to try this dish out for a long time. If you use chicken thigh, it is actually quite moist and tasty. I was worried it would turn out dry but not so!