A very weird thing happened yesterday. I was just plodding along minding my own business in Twitterverse when someone asked me for my opinion on something (read: Snog Soho) and I told them how I felt (read: I wouldn’t go there) and to my utter surprise, she didn’t go! Because of what I said! I was a little bit, what the hell someone actually listened to me, but not just like oh hey ok thanks bugger off, but she valued my opinion and changed her plans because of me.
… Doesn’t she know that I know the total sum of nothing about anything?
Anyway, whatever, there was a glitch in the universe. All should be well again and really, don’t take my advice for anything.
Moving along. [All of the above has nothing to do with this post. Sorry!]
Last night, I had some friends over for dinner, namely Campbell, my friend Mel’s boyfriend, a big, gruff, rough 100% bona-fide alpha male. Cam’s here from Sydney for a business thang and I had him, Mel’s brother Brendon and Brendon’s better half Christine over for a feed. Cosy, all we needed was… Mel.
I’ve known Mel & Cam forever and we’re so like this that we’re practically family. Back in the day when I was single and living in Newtown in Sydney’s inner west, I spent hours hanging out at their place, just bumming around, cooking stuff and doing the odd spot of cleaning. Cam thought he’d struck gold with two little Chinese wives. Instead, we gave him double the nagging. Y-eah.
It was great to see Cam, but seeing him made me miss Mel so much. That girl and I, she was my partner in [food] crime. Just thinking about her makes me smile, and I miss the good times when we would:
- drink tea and eat TimTams while painting our nails,
- stroll down King Street in our pyjamas (because in Newtown you just can) to go get gelato,
- run (we actually seriously ran) down George Street to get the last creme brulee at Le Renaissance,
- make cup cakes until the wee hours,
- eat at Mamak as often as possible, like two hours before my flight left for London,
- go grocery shopping and spend hours nibbling on samples in Harris Farms,
- gossip over a giant Citrus chai latte…
- and share a slice of heavily buttered banana bread at Urban Bites.
Oh and my favourite memory, this one takes more than a bullet point. So we’re going to Le Renaissance for creme brulee (Sydney peeps, you need search no more, there’s no better creme brulee, I shit you not) and Cam’s meeting us there. I was supposed to have my own *oink*, and Mel was going to share with Cam. We got there before him and came up with the most fucking brilliant idea of the millenia. We ordered two creme brulees. We ate them. And when Cam arrived we ordered again, and no one, no one but us knew our little secret. *muahahahaha* *burp*
Sighhhh. I miss you Mel!
Ok, all right. Anyway is this a food blog or what? Dinner party. Right.
Being a weeknight, I didn’t have much time to create a feast extravaganza so I did it the easy way with some oldies but goodies:
Starter: Uhhh I actually totally didn’t even think about this… oops. Crisps, anyone?
Main: Penne arrabiata with spicy chorizo and sundried tomato, first seen here.
Salads: Good ol’ garden variety (with my new best friend, Mr Beetroot) and a newbie! Avocado and spring onion salad with toasted almonds, a variation of a Jamie Oliver recipe.
Dessert: Another oldie, choc mint cheesecake…
It was a damn good night. Remind me, why do we work on Fridays?
|Avocado and spring onion salad with toasted almonds|
|3-4 large avocados, peeled and chopped into cubes
4-5 spriggs of spring onion, finely sliced
Whole blanched almonds or almond flakes
1teaspoon olive oil
2 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon mustard
Dried red chilli
Salt and pepper
|Penne arrabiata with spicy chorizo and sundried tomato|
|140grams spicy chorizo, chopped in strips
200grams penne pasta
1/2 medium onion diced finely or processed
2 cloves garlic chopped (big pieces)
5 pieces of sundried tomato, chopped
2 Tablespoons tomato puree or tomato paste
Dried red chilli flakes
1/3 cup water
1teaspoon olive oil
|Choc mint cheesecake|
|200gram chocolate biscuit (my choice: chocolate digestives)
50gram butter, melted
200gram cream cheese
200gram mascarpone cheese
50gram caster sugar
1Tablespoon creme de menthe or peppermint extract
2 drop green food colouring (optional)
50gram plain dark chocolate chips