Ho ho ho! This is the 2nd year that I organised a Christmas Eve dinner party at my house, and this time with my mom (AKA the great chef) around, we had a even better celebration at the balcony!
Salad with Assorted Toppings
Fresh salad with 7 types of vegetables, accompanied by pinenuts and walnuts, salami, smoked duck breast, capsicums, avocado cubes and hard-boiled eggs. An appetising way to kick off the meal!
Platter Combo (Bacon with Asparagus, Parma Ham with Melon, Cheese Cocktail with Pineapple)
Finger food for all! A pity that the bacon and cheese cocktail was cold as we prepared it way in the afternoon. And for the picky ones, the parma ham wasn't of excellent quality. But I think my friends find all of them rather good already.
Green Pea Soup
The frozen peas were put into a mixer and filtered through to get their juices, and slowly simmered with butter and milk. Sinfully tasty!
Honey Baked Ham with Homemade Peach/Pineapple Sauce Salmon Sashimi
Both the ham ($26 for 2kg) and salmon ($21 for 1.1 kg) were bought direct from factory, thus alot more cheaper than what you get off the shelves. The ham was served with warm honey sauce and the fresh sashimi dipped simply in soy sauce and wasabi. Ahhhh..
Hand-beaten Prawn Ball Roasted Pork Knuckle
Large prawns were manually mashed and beaten, stirred with water chestnut and a bit of fatty pork, squeezed into sizes of a ping-pong ball and deep fried individually. The result was a golden brown ball that was juicy and bursting with prawn flavour. I bet I could never find a better one outside!
The german pork knuckle was a little burnt, but the skin was wonderfully crunchy with a thin layer of sticky fats, as well as tender lean meat that was marinated with just pepper and salt. I only had a bit of this before all that was left was the bone!
Seafood Baked Rice
My mom added much prawns, squids, scallops and brocolli to the base of fried rice and drizzled even more chedder cheese on top before baking it. And voila! A delicous-looking baked rice that tasted even better. A mouthful of the baked rice with strands of cheese still lingering was beyond words!
Chocolate Log Cake from Coffee Club Express
The chocolate cake wasn't too sweet and had layers of gooey chocolate and wafers in between, complete with cute little sugar figurines. Very nice for an ending!
The estimated cost was about $240 for 8 person. Well of course I did not factor in labour/electricity/gas cost, but I guess you could not get a 9 course meal like this anywhere else! And besides wonderful food, its the company that really contributes to the jolly atmosphere. Happy holidays everyone!