I have to say.. I was really busy with all the moving and cleaning... and yet we didn't let the opportunity of hosting dinner for our friends who flew in from Paris with their handsome two-year-old Mateo. Too bad I didn't have the time to capture the beautiful moments on camera but we had the most enjoyable time with the boy constantly wanting to play with me.
Let's talk about the dinner. First it was my first time hosting for a family with a 2-year-old. I was really worried that the boy being half French did not like the food. So I had to seek advices from my mates at the Singapore Women Abroad forum. And of course the dear ladies there did not disappoint me. They have suggested and helped me brainstorm for suitable dishes.
Here's the menu:
Starters: Roasted Chips & Mini Pizzas
(That was in the original plan but I forgot to buy yeast!! Yikes!)
Main Course: Boeuf Bourguignon & Fried Rice
(It was my attempt at cooking Beef at home so I was a little scared if I will overcook the meat. Madame Francaise is allergic to Pork and I don't eat beef...so you could imagine the state I was in! Trying to bear the smell of raw meat which usually make me sick... yeah I have to suck it in.. I'm a chef!
Fried Rice was easy. And I thought the fusion dish might go well with the Parisiens couple. Now it's the boy I'm worried about...)
Dessert: Gateaux au Chocolat
(Easily done with my usual 70% Chocolate recipe and real Chocolate Ganache!)
My guests' verdict? The meal went down with a BANG! Yeap! A loud BANG!!! Everyone was busy with second and third servings! Wow! I was so happy. Yeap... a chef's happiest moment! I wasn't very satisfied with all the dishes and I had a lot to do to perfect each dish. I could do better next time.
What could I have done to make it better?
- Include Yeast on the shopping list and remember it! Hahaha.... Forgetful me.
- Chips were in the oven for a little too long I reckon. They went a little soggy.
- Fried Rice was a tad bit undercooked. Rice too hard!
- The gravy for Boeuf Bourguignon was too thick. I put too much flour. Eeks!! It appeared lumpy!
- I left the Gateaux in the freezer for too long! Hahaha... Frozen.
So there you have it .. my first dinner at my new flat. Have you been hosting any dinner lately? Do tell and share your experiences!