Does this picture say it all? If not .. then read on :)
It all started at our first blog meet up organised by Katherine, which included Trish, Trissa,Lorraine, Richard & myself.
Trissa: I want to host a dinner party but i don't know who to invite??
Raised eyebrows & a show of hands went up, & we all started to brainstorm dinner party ideas..
The topic of masterchef was brought up, and then ideas of a 'secret ingredient' dinner came about. We were set on making i a secret ingredient dinner, where 2 days before the dinner, a secret ingredient would be revealed, and everyone was supposed to bring in a dish made with it.
But many email chains later, we decided it'd be easier to make it a forensic eating dinner party instead, where we were all to bring in a dish, and everyone is meant to guess the ingredients.
This was very exciting for everyone, and nervous.. what to bring?? Will people easily guess the ingredients?? A main, or desert, or both??
I was abit excited, and made two deserts :P
Attendees who also came were Ellie, Katherine & her cousin Lia, Lorraine & Mr NQN, Trish & her bub Joseph, My friend Jeremy & my bf Richard.
Thanks to Trissa & her lovely husband Dan for inviting us into her lovely home! She is a great dinner host, and had some finger foods for us to start before the guessing competition started..
cheese & crackers
(thanks to the boys for cooking this on the bbq!)
We started off the forensic eating with Ellie's dish - a french dip called Anchoiade - served with bread. Plain bread, so that we could truley taste the flavour & figure out what ingredients were in it.. it was a tricky one, as everything was pretty much minced up - so we really had to rely on our tasting senses. I didn't try any though because there was animal in it, so i was just sniffing away..
Next is Trissa's ravioli, which she kindly enough made vegetarian style for me (which i forgot, to take some home!!) it was the first *real* food i had all nght, & was so good, i would love to try and make my own ravioli. You just can't get it any nicer than home made me thinks.
Eggplant and tallegio ravioli with walnut, balsamic and butter sauce
Momma Eugenio made this dish for Katherine, and was abit easier to guess the ingredients because they were more visible (and not finely mashed up hehe). I did try abit of the noodle, it was really nice - again - home-cooked meals can be so much nicer sometimes.
Trish's dish is embutido - a filipino style meatloaf, it looked like a rolled up sort of eggplant thing to me, too bad i couldn't try any :(
Lorraine made a french veal dish, which again i couldn't try. But it looked damn nice & saucy, i love my saucy foods hehe.
Blanquette de Veau
I made an indian desert called Semiya Kheer, which is something i've tried many times before, its my favourite indian desert dish! I think mine had the least ingredients (5) which were roasted vermicilli, ghee, almonds, milk & sugar.
Ellie won the most points tonight, and thought she won a kitchen aid.. haha but got a nice shower gel instead :)
Almost everyone brought a desert, & ofcourse we all had more room in our tummys for desert!
Ellie's green tea tiramisu
Trish's filipino desert
Trissa's berries with toffeed cream cheese
I loved the topping on this, i want to buy a blow torch now :) mm.. creme caramel..
It was a GREAT night, and a pleasure to meet the blogger behind AlmostBourdain!
I think we might start a trend with forensic eating .. hehe.
Really looking forward to the next forensic eating dinner! Will get Trish to bring her lab coat, and some test tubes hee hee.