Monday, October 22, 2012

Cookout at home

JS's mise-en-place
all prepared by himself
he's alwiz a one man show, he's the butcher the fishmonger, the one doing groceries, the patisserie, the baker and I wonder wat else :P
ok, to clear the air....not that Monkey didn't help out *i did all the washing ok....or more like the dishwasher...I just loaded them in*
it's just that he's such a control freak and perfectionist nothing is good for him unless he did them on his own
yes that includes slicing garlic...according to him, Monkey alwiz did it the wrong way >.<

it was also JS who lugged home all these snap-freezed langoustines
I dunno how many kilos were those....but u can never get langoustines from the market/supermarket
they usually go to the fine dine restaurants
so when JS was picking them up....they were wondering if there's a new restaurant in town
all the meat were removed while the heads and shells were used to make the above
all the juicy goodness from the sea were made into these langoustines oil
totally awesome

JS also bought kilos and kilos of Master Kobe Beef
He must be thinking all our guests are carnivores
but really...they were...all the beef were gone!!!!

vacuum-packed them to be sous-vide at a low temperature for an hour
seasoning and garlic were added in

Munchy was curious at this new cooking technique.....while Monkey as busy pouring champagne for guests...he came over:
Munchy: "eh can I see your vacuum in your store room."

Monkey: "Oh okie sure..."

Both were then inside the store room and Monkey was bz pointing at the gadgets
"U see we have 2 is centralized around the came with the unit..."
Munchy: "No no no....not this."
"Oh u mean this smaller Bosch one? we have this smaller one for the maid to use."
Munchy wanted to slapped me or his forehead I think
Munchy: "I want to look at the vacuum machine to sous vide food."
and all along he has got such patience with me.

so u see....if u ask a non-cook for things he/she doesn't use...u'll alwiz be sure to get the wrong answers.
Just like JS's iron and my iron
his to be used at the golf course and mine with an ironing board.....
get it???

mixture of all sort of hams fr Spain topped with buffalo mozzarella and aragula leaves
this heap of hams were 2 inches thick with a diameter of 12 inches
all gone!!!!
our guests are confirmed carnivores

Dr. Epicurean brought this Iberico ham
all 3 packs were also gone...wiped out!!!!

Dr. Epicurean preparing the cold cuts while JS making our 1st course
we ladies just watched while sipping our champagnes :)))
life is awesome...hehehehehehe

First course was a tartare of Wild Scottish Salmon with an egg - which was sous vide-ed for an hour
topped with chives and konbu and a dollop of japanese mayo on the side
this one was inspired by Cilantro :)))

Guests said this was the bomb!!!
Langoustine pasta
hahahhaha I can imagine all the yummy goodness of langoustine oil innit
with loads of its meat

Dr. Epicurean brought this Latour Haut Brion 1975
such an elegant wine and it wasn't enough!!! hahaahha
too many of us...
but he was kind enough to save some for me as I was such a slow drinker that evening

the beef which just got out from the sous vide machine were seared on the cast iron pan
BCBG Amy saw its portion and had a shock...
"is that portion per person???"
hahahha no no ...don't worry...he'll slice it for everyone
but at the end of the day, after much calculation....there were 9 pieces of these for 9 of us
so she was right...hahahhaah

Best beef ever!!!! Master Kobe :))))
they looked bloody but not at all
just juicy and tender
gone in seconds before the next portion needed to be produced fast enough for all the carnivores

JS's signature Banana Souffle
he's the only person I known to baked a crispy top with soft cloud-like souffle
I like it this way as compared to the standard white fluffy top
served with Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice creams
the other yummy flavour is Chubby Hubby :))))

Cheese brought by Dr. Epicurean
with some apricots and crackers
I totally forgot bout the fresh almonds -_-"
too many things on the counter

We thought that cheese would not be popular..but everything gone
our guests can really eat that nite
soon we found out some of them starved the day for this dinner

a special Sherry for the cheese
all the way from Andalusia Spain

that afternoon, JS sat in front of his oven baking these delicate babies

since he has got only 8 copper moulds...that's the max he can bake
these babies took 1 hour to bake
our petit four stand!!!!
Macaroons brought by Munchy fr Pierre Laurent
Madeleines baked by yours truly :))))))))

yes I know they looked so awesome right?
honey golden with crispy edges
with a proud hump at the back!!!
the Frenchs will only acknowledge a Madeleine if only they have got the hump :P

looked more like UFO to me
Si Fu Lawrence said it's Unidentified Food Object

Peakie D making wishes with her happy family
enjoy Koh Samui babe!!!!
it's gonna be bliss :))))))))))

yummy cake with cream cheese and vanilla butter frosting
bcoz the other desserts were so popular...this cake bcame...errrr unpopular
but seriously Wondermilk makes one of the best cakes in town

Sal, Peakie D and Monkey
the evening *more like past midnite* ended with songs and singing

the last lot of guests left by 2.30am
I was so tipsy then

the next morning I surveyed the total damage
okie lar for 8 adults and one non drinker aka BCBG Amy
that's like one bottle each person

Thank you all for coming
:))))) and for finishing all the food
u ppl really mopped everything clean!!!
this made JS really really happy and proud
till the next time peeps!!!!


Chasing Food Dreams said...

JS sure knows how to throw a Partay!! ... such details down to desserts... and he is definately mastering sous-vide like a pro... kudos!!

that was like the dinner from all over the world...and I agree that his souffle looked Awesome!! sigh... drooling first thing on Monday morning... lol

btw... I had my first taste of Canele at Publika from Nathalie Gourmet and they tasted of deep caramelized flavors with a chewy inside..... drools...

Baby Sumo said...

Your hubby is such an amazing cook and you're so lucky!! All his food looks as good as (if not better) than some fine dining restaurants in KL!