We had a fantabulous get-together-dinner last week where involving lots of experiments in cooking! :D
If you know me, you will also know that I am not a cook. In fact, I categorized myself in can't-cook-crowd. I don't deny that my upbringing didn't include cooking. I was away most of the time to boarding school, then matriculation, then university and didn't bother to learn cooking. When I come home for holiday, it was my mom who always whip out the dishes and I don't feel guilty of it, nor ashamed. I know I'm spoilt.
Btw, I break my own record after 26 years, I cook for people! (Husband tak kira lah ye). And it is indeed a BERANI-MATI-ACT. And the best part is, I cook something that I never cook before. Memang berani mati lah!
The story started when my dear friend, Polt is coming down to KL and his lovely junior which happen to be my friend also suggest that we eat together-together. Ok so fine, we eat together. Then she comes up with this brilliant idea about me cooking for the get-together thing.
At first I was like, haaaaaaaaaaa?
But somehow, I found the idea is intriguing. I know it's crazy. The paling-hebat thing I ever do pun is hot tea. And ya..sunquick. But drinks is not inclusive right?
But yes, in the end I finally show off my skill (the berani mati skill lah, not the cooking skill ;P) and luckily nobody admitted to hospital. And did I tell you it is purely from scratch? :D
It's a bit challenging as we were working during the day and started to roll up our sleeve at 6PM, finish everything around 9PM!
To me, it's excellent for a start! EXCELLENT ok!! Hehe. Btw, since I was soo busy bersilat the dapur with my hubby, I didn't manage to capture many pictures ;(
That's the last picture I managed to snap, then terus potong bawang la, fry some vege la, chop this and that..
The menu that night was ayam bakar, tomyam udang galah, fried french beans with garlic, fried oyster mushroom and telur dadar. I also manage to prepare ribena longan! YUM!
I can safely say the ayam bakar is a success and kid you not, it's my very 1st time doing it! I know I keep telling you this (the first time thingy) but I am too excited and not bothered that I am repeating :P
MrComot says it is YUMMY! So I consider it success ya! I wish I can share with you guys the recipe but unfortunately I don't have the specific measurements as all I do is campak2 but basically this is what you need for that ayam bakar;
Chilli paste (a lot! blended from the dried chilli), big onions (I use two), some ginger, lots of shallots, 2 cloves of garlic, some salt and sugar to taste. Marinate it and grill.
The tomyam is a success too as I didn't use any instant paste and according to them, it do taste like a tomyam! Hehe..now I feel like giggling..I am happy, that's all :P
MrComot did the french beans with garlic and then I fry some mushroom, it's a tad mealy though ;(
And I also bake some muffin!!!!
It's suka-suka hati punya recipe but I would like to call it coconut heaven with scattered choc chips hahahaha. I use this as the base and replace raspberry and white choc with coconut and normal choc chips.
Taste-wise, PASS! But it's not a success as it's a bit hard to me ;(
So I'm not going to paste the recipe here. Maybe you can try the original version at your own risk. We had this little discussion on why my muffin is hard, it could probably because the type of butter and its amount. So I'm going to bake this again, with different butter and add it a bit more. I will share with you guys if it turn out fine :)
So thanks to all the lovelies who came for the dinner that night and eat without any complaint :P Thanks to Shani for the del.ici.ous potato salad! Thanks to Khairiah for snapping pictures, thanks to Polt for reading my comic and thanks to Bee for bringing nothing. Hey!! Jumpa you pun dah best sgt okkk! :P
Ps: Since we are near, expect me to crash your house pulak ok. I wannt food!! Like those days! :D
And not to forget, thanks for the CHOCOLATES!!!
Our fridge is violated with choices you know ;)
Thanks darlings!!!! That's the best gift, ever! I have to restraint myself from buying anymore chocs. I also have some Rocher, Cloud9, Cadbury and Pistachio Lindt in other compartment. Feels like living in chocolate factory already :D
Maybe I can organize another dinner again, once my chocolate stock finish hehehe
Ps: More pictures and stories on the dinner can be retireved here ;)
Pss: Thanks Lalink Khairiah, MrLampard, Bee, Shani, Hubby-to-be, Polt and also my hubby, MrComot for being a good guinea pig that night ;)
Psss: A good companion will make a good dinner ;)