On Friday night we’re having our neighbours round for dinner. They’ve never been down to our apartment before, we only met them a few months ago and our first gathering was at their place – they cooked us a lovely lasagna, so we thought it was about time we returned the gesture. On trend with my new found love of cooking Chinese food, I’ve decided to pull out all the stops and go for an Oriental themed evening. I’m mildly panicked by this.
First stop: The menu!
I’m not cheating (much) on any part of my evening. I want to play around with flavours and textures as much as I can and try and learn something new from the experience. Everything from the drinks to the dessert needs to have some sort of oriental twist. Here’s my menu:
Welcome cocktail: To start the night I’m going to [attempt] to make a Green Tea Gimlet cocktail. It’s supposed to be light and refreshing, either that or it will be utterly disgusting, we’ll see.
Starter: I’m going to start with one of my favourite things to make Thai style tuna and sweet potato fishcakes, with homemade sweet chilli sauce. I have a recipe for this ready to go live on my blog… I’m just waiting for some pictures.
Mains: Rather than serving the main up on plates, I’m going to place a few choices in the middle for everyone to pick and choose from. This will include egg fried rice, homemade sweet and sour sauce and hoisin chicken noodles. It’s much more relaxed when everyone digs in… Plus if a guest isn’t sure about something, they can try it to see what it’s like before piling it onto their plate, rather than feeling like they have to be polite.
Dessert: I have a HUGE sweet tooth and I’m excited about this course the most. I’m going to make individual lime and green tea cheesecakes. The last time I made a cheese cake it went horrible wrong, soI’m keeping my fingers crossed I can pull this off. They will be safely held together in my trusty ramekins, so there’s little risk of them falling apart.
I’ll be beginning my prep and cooking tomorrow night! Wish me luck 🙂