Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Cooking Up A Storm on Christmas Eve

That's right. This year I have been put in-charge of my family's Christmas dinner which we have decided to hold it on Christmas eve. I have to admit it took me a while to finalise on the menu for the night. There were many recipes which I considered but then in the end, I have to find the ones that sound yummy, but not too task-demanding. After all, except for baking, I am relatively alien to the kitchen in terms of cooking...

After 2 weeks of recipe contemplation, 2 hours of ingredient shopping, 4 hours of preparation in the kitchen prior to dinner (with the help of 2 maids and my good ol' sister who arrived early for the dinner), here are my (ahem) pride and glory:

Starters:
1. Prawn Salad (this is contributed by my niece. Simple & nice, go girl!)
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2. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Crabstick & Mushroom Salad in Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce topped with "longan" fruit. (A case of "dump all leftovers here"...)
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3. Sausage & Pineapple Cocktail.
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4. Coca-cola Pork Ribs (this is the family's favourite, it seems)
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5. Oven-Fried Cucumber & Zucchini Sticks
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Mains: Choice of the following with sides of Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Honey Glazed Carrots.
1. Swiss Steak
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2. Fish in Lemon Parsley Butter sauce
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Kid's menu:
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1. Fried Chicken cutlets
2. Sausage/Crabstick Cheese Bruschetta
3. Garlicky Mash
4. Chocolate Milkshake

Desserts:
1. Chocolate Tartlets
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2. Creme Caramel
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3. Lemon Pudding Cheesecake with Kiwi Fruits
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I have to declare the dinner to be a success except for a minor accident. Moments after cutting slices of the cheesecake and when I was about to return it to the fridge, somehow the slippery pie dish slipped out and fell to the floor. Oh no!!! And just when I thought I could have it for breakfast the next day as I like this cheesecake very much. :(

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Here's the cheesecake, seconds from disaster!

Nevertheless, it was a fun evening. Tiring yes, but fun! We ended the night with gifts-exchange under the Christmas Tree.
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Merry Christmas to All! Good tidings and Peace!

3 comments:

boo_licious said...

That is a lovely feast! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

naughty_niece said...

hahah....i have something to tell you. It is that i had a tummy ache that night...hahah...(just joking) but i have to admit that it was the best christmas dinner i ever had. Keep on going and cook more and MORE!!!!

rokh said...

salute for cooking up a storm!