I was out one night with friends too and just said to them all, "Come Dine with Me, at mine soon, you are all invited." They all agreed to come along and I actually couldn't wait. I think with all my foodie adventures and #Shayansglobalcooking challenge I have improved with my chef-ing skills and this was a good time to put it to the test.
The menu was as follows:
- Starters - Pancetta Cheese Croquettes
- Main Course - Prawn Pad Thai
- Dessert- Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis
The prep work for most of the dishes was done in the day and for the cheesecake the night before. Parts I enjoyed were getting the croquette balls ready and after my first try earlier this year, I feel like I am an expert at this now. I considered shaping the croquettes into Rugby balls because of the England v Australia rugby game, and now considering the result I am glad I did not.
As it was a 'Come Dine With Me' evening we did some scoring at the end too.
Luckily for me, because I was with friends I got some very generous scores, intertwined with some good feedback and some jokes too. The scores were 8/10, 8/10 and 10/10- they are too kind.
The negative feedback was that the portion size for the main course was a bit on the stingy size and I completely agree. Mass catering is tough work, especially in a small kitchen and not having a enormous wok. I think the flavours were good but maybe with Pad Thai, something extra is needed on the table. I learnt a lesson here.
Also for the cheesecake, a fair comment was that there was no real vanilla flavour in it. Again, I completely agree and that is why the Raspberry coulis was so important as it gave the cheesecake something extra which otherwise may have been a bit plain and boring.
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I really did enjoy the whole night and it felt good to have a dining table and sit round and chat with everyone.
I just wish I had a dishwasher.