Friday, 11 February 2011

Deja Vu...

...all over again.

Much to my surprised, Mr. Happy has invited seven friends over for dinner tonight. Wha?? I had a minor meltdown yesterday at hearing this news. He assured me that I would, 'not have to lift a finger.' Well, I'll give him that it's a lot less work than last weekend, BUT...fingers lifted.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Jom Makan

Success! Well, that might be overstating it a bit, but we did pull off the dinner. Our guests were fed and watered and went home with smiles on their faces. We heard reports of a hangover or two in the am - the tell tale sign of a successful dinner party.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the florists were CLOSED for Chinese New Year. Luckily, Mr. Happy used some creativity and went to a Hindu temple. For those of you who don't know, there are always stalls of people busy making garlands to place on the alter. They sold us a few lotus flowers!

I also put my creative hat on and made placecards out of chili peppers!

The Menu

Upon arrival we plied our guests with guava margaritas and Mr. Happy's grilled vegetable tarte along with baked vegetable tortillas and fresh mango salsa

We then moved on to spicy black bean soup.

Served with my homemade garlic and onion bread. The second loaf turned out. Horrah!

For mains we had Chicken Chilaquiles for the meat eaters and Peppers stuffed with quinoa, bleu cheese and pine nuts for the veggies. This was accompanied by corn souflee (which didn't rise! think it was my pan...) and grilled vegetables.

I think the mains might not have suited our guests pallets' so well. Mexican food is pretty unusual here and not sure they were big fans. Mr. Happy and I loved it though!

For dessert, everyone's favorite. Los Platanos Flambe.

Honestly, if you set something on fire you cannot go wrong. This was served with BUD vanilla bean ice cream. A hit!

After dinner we took our cheese, fruit, and dessert wines up to our roof deck garden until the wee hours of the night (or morning).

Bon Appetite! 

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Fiesta Terible?

I know you all need a catch up, but at the moment I'm in dire straights!

I'm hosting a dinner party for members of the Oxford Cambridge Society of Malaysia. Not only that...they are scoring me! It's modeled after the UK TV program Come Dine with Me.

I was supposed to go in two weeks, but Mr. (makes me  not so) Happy, volunteered that we would shift things up and go tonight! Easier said than done. This week is Chinese New Year which is like Christmas around KL. The shops are closed. The grocery stores that are open don't have their regular food because the delivery people are off on holiday. My cleaner is on holiday. My flower shop is closed. The list goes on.

I tried out a couple of recipes. All flops. My stuffed chicken breasts had no flavor. My mango salsa has no mango. My black bean soup is white!

I attempted Jim Lahey's famous no-knead bread recipe. The recipe looked sooo easy. It claims a four year old child could bake this bread. In fact, I referred to a website for the recipe where the bloggeractually posted photos of her four-year-old son baking the bread. My dough was runny and my bread came out of the oven slightly larger than a single dinner roll.

I wanted to use our wedding silver, but none of the stores carry polish. My candles (which are hollow inside and have string wicks) are waaaay too small for my candle holders.

Mr. Happy hates our new tablecloth. We don't have enough seats for 8 people. Or plates. Or glasses. Or silverware.

Please send some positive vibes my way. I need them!