Dinner Parties

Dinner at Andrew’s

So one thing you have to know about the people around me is that a lot of them are good cooks. Perhaps it is to do with the foodie culture of Melbourne, and the great produce that Australia is blessed with, that has inspired many people here to cook, myself included. I personally only learned how to cook when I came over to Melbourne, after being uprooted from the hawker food centre culture back in Singapore.

So anyway, among many of my friends who are good cooks, there is Andrew.

Despite living in a studio apartment, this has not stopped him from creating some magic in the kitchen, and even inviting people over for dinner! So I’ve been one of the privileged and this is 1 of the memorable dinners that he created:

Dinner at Andrew's!
Dinner at Andrew’s!

These are 2 simple dishes but the flavours are impeccable. Apparently for the Curry Beef Brisket, he made a cashew nut paste to thicken the curry?? I’ve not heard of this method before but it did help to thicken the curry and the subtle nutty taste did go well with the rest of the spices. And Andrew slow-cooked the beef to perfection, as the meat melted in our mouths – yum!

Curry Beef Brisket and Tendon
Curry Beef Brisket and Tendon

As for the Kai Lan, Andrew made sure that they were blanched to the right texture – I know because I was watching! But he managed to whip up some secret sauce for the vegetables when I wasn’t looking! He refuses to tell me the combination to the sauce but it had a nice balance of sweetness and savouriness – well done!

Kai Lan
Kai Lan

It was definitely a dinner cooked with a lot of love and the 4 of us enjoyed our meal very much!

Simple but delicious
Simple but delicious

And the meal didn’t stop there – there was dessert! And we got involved in the dessert-making as well…

Me slicing up the strawberries
Me slicing up the strawberries
Decorating the tart
Decorating the tart

And the final result…

Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart with Strawberries
Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart with Strawberries

Doesn’t that look good?? It was actually quite torturous preparing the dessert, because we couldn’t wait to have a bite!

Can I have a slice please??
Can I have a slice please??

And yes, we finally did and it was a beautiful dessert – the chocolate mousse was smooth and firm, with the strawberries helping to give that fresh burst of sweetness and sourness. The pastry was a little hard but everything else was sooooo good. We were so glad that Andrew made such a huge tart for the 4 of us!

This dinner happened quite awhile ago but I count that as 1 of my favourite dinner parties because of the food that was homecooked with much care. Thanks Andrew for having us over! To more dinner parties, perhaps? Hehe 😉

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