Dinner No 29 hosted by Scotty: November 2016
So – I’ve NEVER done a dinner party featuring Asian food – my comfort zone is a few quality ingredients, simply cooked. Very Jamie / Gordon etc .. But I love eating Asian food, so I thought I would try it out. Finding a menu I was keen to cook was easy, finding the exotic (and new to me) ingredients less so. Thank goodness for Manuka.
The menu for my Asian style evening will be as follows ….
A lychee and Mandarin Mojito
Home made prawn crackers
(this is a crackers thing to do – and I doubt I’ll be doing it again. Whizzing up 500g of king prawn into a grey sludge seems like a sin I am stuggling to forgive myself for !).
Beef Tataki Rolls
(I hope this will be ok. Finding Mouli / Japanese raddish round here is like searching for a snow leopard in a blizzard – I’ve had to improvise)
Pork gyoza with Yuzu dipping sauce
(always something I order, so wanted to learn how to do this)
Thai style fish cakes with sweet and sour cucumber pickle
(this also seems to require you to whizz up some perfectly nice ingredients into another sludge – but this time at least it is not king prawns. I was intrigued by the cucumber pickle)
Miso and honey marinated roast Aubergine with sticky rice.
(I can’t get enough of roast aubergine and love it when I have the stick Japanese type – I’m hoping this lives up to my sushi train staple)
Opera cake with Lychee ice-cream
(As I would NEVER bother to make a pudding that involved this many steps – I thought – why not ! I’ve watched that many episodes of Masterchef and bake-off – how hard can it be ?) Not to mention I can get it ready during the day, and not fuss at the end of the evening when I think I’ll probably be a little worse for wear having drowned myself in Riesling to take the edge off the nerves !)