First Ever Hand-Made Three Course Meal!!
Can you tell I’m a tiny bit chuffed about this?!?!?!?!?! 😀
So today I made good on a promise I made in April – I am nothing if not a woman of my word.
I promised my folks back in April that I would make them a three course meal, by hand, by way of an anniversary present. Unfortunately that couldn’t happen til now but whatever, I still did it!
I planned it SO carefully; I have had over a month to consider it so I guess that’s no surprise.
I would start savoury, move to spicy, finish with sweet. It would be a perfectly balanced journey through the taste extremes; a gentle introduction, pedestrian even, compared to what would follow, with light and creamy flavours, before taking them on an explosive roller-coaster of riotous foreign herbs and spices! Texture and colour would be the theme of the dishes, sharp and tangy and zingy and crunchy, like being thrown head-first down white water rapids when they think they are just going for a leisurely stroll along the river bank! If they survived that adventure, their reward would be my sweet speciality – cookies!! Of many a wonderous kind, no more than two the same, a plethora of options on an overflowing plate of chocolate chip joy.
In the end… it didn’t quite work out exactly like that…
For one thing, I forgot, amid my excitement… that I can’t… exactly… cook… all that well…
BUT I AM AN unofficial COOKIE EXPERT!!!!! That part went a little too well, if truth be told. I have an ever-so-slight obsession with cookies so I may have gotten a little over enthusiastic and experimental. I over-estimated how many cookies three people can eat in one sitting, so instead of making a batch of, say, six or even a nice round 10, we ended up with… 23 😀
Maybe I’m pushing it a little, nothing completely disastrous happened and honestly, all the food turned out great. Mixing cultures confused my culinarilyuninterested father – he questioned the asian orientation of our meal after I served an Indian curry with veggie samosas, boiled rice, soy sauce and cider.
I was pushing it a bit for time so instead of having dinner at half five, it was more like seven; cue the impatient grumblings of my fathers stomach and the long suffering eye-roll of mum. Admittedly, that was roughly when I started swearing, despite the fact that nothing was actually going wrong. And I had to ask my mum to help me cook the chicken (that move was actually more strategic – if we all get ill, it ain’t me they’re going to be pinning the mishandling of raw meat on… ironic considering I just completed food hygiene training but hey…)
Happily though, the theme was roughly stuck to.
For starters, I made cherry tomatoes stuffed with goats cheese, sprinkled with parsley. 🙂 savoury, tasty, creamy, palatable, like sorbet without the zing.
Then it was onto the main, which was as I said before. I employed a, “I made the food, you bring the booze” stance here. They did not disappoint.
Then my SUPER-SPECIAL-AWESOME-COOKIE-SUPREME-PLATTER was delivered with my other great love – COFFEE!! 😀 The selection was as follows; chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, tripple choc, iced chocolate chip, iced double chocolate chip, mallow chocolate chip, double chocolate chip mallow, peanut and choc chip, double choc and peanut butter, choc chip and razzies, choc chip and jelly beans.
There were so many that I have yet to sample them all but fear not, they shall soon be devoured.
Big thanks to Sally’s Baking Addiction for her cookie ingenuity!! Check her out, she’s awesome!! http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/