First Ever Hand-Made Three Course Meal!!

First Ever Hand-Made Three Course Meal!!

Can you tell I’m a tiny bit chuffed about this?!?!?!?!?! ūüėÄ

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 Рcookies!! 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 ūüėÄ

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. ūüôā 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!! ūüėÄ 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/