With Paula away for the night having a small surgery to fit a titanium pin after a Ju Jitsu incident it was time for the second sitting of the Thursday Night Dinner Club. With membership as low as one It’s hardly worth heating a pan so tonight it’s a sad effort.
This was supposed to be half time dinner on grand final night, the game was so good it didn’t get cooked until after the game. I had prepped all the ingredients for Sukiyaki in the afternoon so it was just a matter of cooking it all up. First make the broth with things like garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, oyster sauce, soy, palm sugar and chicken stock. Then arrange vegetables around the pan and lightly cook off, add things based on their thickness etc, tofu early, bean sprouts last. I used them, carrot, cabbage, asparagus, snowpeas, mushrooms and rice vermecilli noodles. Once veg is cooked portion into bowls and then add the thinly sliced (I used) eye fillet and it will cook in the broth when you ladle it over the veg, meat and noodles. I topped mine with a perfect poached in the veg stock egg. Ichi Ban soup
Walking past the butchers today I saw some nice little porterhouse steaks so I grabbed one. Paula went with a rib fillet despite the nice PH. My steak was excellent her rib fillet was rubbish. I made a nice fresh coleslaw with red and sugarloaf cabbage, raddish, carrot, apple and blood orange that was great too. The champion of the night though were the hand made chips. They were crunchy golden on the outside and fluffy white in the middle emmmmmm.
With Paula out for the night at her platform diving class I have been forced to start the Thursday Night Dinner Club. I call it a club so it doesn’t seem so tragic cooking for just myself. Tonights fare is Bacon and Pork Lasagne. Basically just traditional pork mince sauce with my home made bechamel sauce and rashers and slices of bacon. Club members rated it pretty good but did note there is quite a lot left over and it may have to be tomorrows lunch.
As the weather heats up around here, we are moving away from the meaty winter dishes and leaning toward lighter more tropic friendly food. We love fish and seafood and that is the obvious road to travel particularly as we live on a yacht. When we go gypsy and live out at sea and the islands we eat loads of seafood, from fish to oysters, prawns, crabs and crayfish to name a few and we catch it all ourselves as we want it. Time we got back to doing that I think. Even here in the marina we have access to good fresh local seafood from the fishmonger up the road. This is some excellent Coral Trout just pan seared and a mandarin ginger sauce. The side dish is a roux based potato, asparagus and boiled egg bake. The new meat and three veg!