This Chinese new year I volunteered to cook the entire reunion dinner. It was a crazy experience to cook 4 courses alone for an amateur house cook, prepping and cooking the entire day. I also took note of my father’s vegan diet and made some special dishes for him to enjoy.
CREAMY BROCCOLI SOUP
I started the course with a simple rich broccoli soup that warmed the stomach. (Vegan)
TIGER PRAWN, PAN-FRIED SCALLOPS & ASPARAGUS WITH HOLLANDIASE SAUCE
A simple starter with a tangy Olive oil based Hollandiase to wet the stomach with seafood goodness.
STEWED MUSHROOM, ASPARAGUS WITH SOY
For my dad i went really simple with stewed mushrooms, Asparagus and a touch of soy to heighten the Asparagus’s Sweetness. (Vegan)
CHICKEN BALLONTINE WITH LARDON & PLUMS, POTATOES IN VINAIGRETTE WITH RED WINE REDUCTION
I really put a lot of work into the Ballotine and it was well worth it. The chicken mince inside remained moist and smooth due to the cream i added to it. Other components in the Ballotine are plums and crispy Lardons.
MUSHROOM STEAK WITH POTATOES IN VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
My dad’s vegan main course was a vegan mushroom steak i made using button mushrooms, cream and breadcrumbs. After setting the mixture in the fridge i pan fried it till golden brown before serving. (Vegan)
PANNA COTTA WITH ORANGES
A vegan Panna Cotta concludes my reunion dinner for 2013. I used agar to set the cream instead of gelatin. I was very please with how everything turned out despite some crazy moments. (Vegan)