So, it was for my special invited guests only- for dinner. I didn't prepare the dinner, all were done by my helper, except for the dessert. It was meant to be a simple dinner, just happens that it falls on my birthday week.
My invited guests are none other than Grace & her spouse! Both of them are no stranger to me, but are definitely new to my family members. It was the first time they met my children and my spouse, and of course, my friend, Lee Juan.
The simple dinner fare was a mix of West & East. East were all done by my helper, while I just prepared the West. The dishes served were (1) yellow plum tomatoes in olive oil and basil leaves, (2) Japanese cucumbers with almonds, (3) baked swiss brown mushrooms with garlic and cheese, (4) potato wedges with olive oil and rosemary, (5) stir fried shanghai green with oyster mushrooms, (6) stir fried yellow and red capsicum with prawns and (7) 3-cup chicken. I also served them with refreshing lemongrass tea which I made.
After dinner, I proceeded to prepare desserts for them. Grace was eagerly waiting for my desserts. She was sure I will have one served. She knows me too well. I made Lemongrass Creme Brulee for them, I baked the custard the day before. Before serving, I used a blow torch to caramlise the sugars. The overall look was rather presentable. The taste was pretty nice. However, as I didn't bake the custard long enough, it was a bit watery towards the bottom instead of firm. :( I will bake longer in future. As this was my first attempt, my guests were very forgiving, they finished it all
It was really late when they left my place. Even though we were tired, we enjoyed the night thoroughly. Grace not only gave me presents, she also gave me her bakes - Wholesome Blacky bread, pandan kaya, peanut spread and chocolate chips & nuts cookies! It's very HER! Lee Juan also bought a box of wonderful assorted biscuits which my kids opened up and almost finished them off after they left! Hahaha...
It was a memorable evening for me. By accepting my invitation, it means that I'm worth it. By coming over, it means that they treasure our friendships. I'm so just so happy to have friends like them. Thank you for such a lovely evening, dear friends!