There are some weekends where all you need is good food and company and allow yourself the space and time to forget about whatever else you've got going on. How perfect - I can hear you shout - those are the ideal conditions for a Kitchen Party!
Why yes, clever reader, you are correct. A Kitchen Party was just what the doctor ordered and in times of trouble, she emphasised, that the Kitchen Party ought not to just be any old Kitchen Party; it needs to be bigger and bolder than before.
Enter B and M's Kitchen Party featuring FRIENDS and a THEME. In Come Dine with Me style, I paired up with my good friend, G, to prepare a three course meal for M and J. (Not MJ. But imagine if it was...that'd be weird).
Anyhow, we tootled off from the rules slightly and eliminated the guessing ingredients part of the Kitchen Party guidance notes, and instead all three courses were a surprise. The only thing the boys knew was that the night would be Indian themed.
After hours of slaving away in the kitchen, the boys arrived and were greeted with a few bubbles and a *ehem* beautifully assembled lotus flower poppadum tower. Oh and our Indian outfits!
I must admit, I had to google how to put on a sari and even then it still took us about 20 minutes to figure it out but looooook at how lovely they are. G had picked them up in Tooting for a previous Indian event and I was thrilled to be able to wear one. The detail on them is so pretty and I hadn't realised that I could actually wear pink and not explode so hooray! It also gave me a chance to wear the sari top my sister brought me back from Sri Lanka last summer so all in all I was happy with the dress code.
The first course was chilli and lime chicken skewers and poppadums with an onion and cucumber salad, mango chutney and yoghurt seasoned with dried mint and shallots. (That last bit was a bit Iranian instead but yoghurt is my favourite)
The main course was a lamb balti which was cooked in a slow cooker for a few hours to make the meat extra tender and really bring out the flavours of all the spices we added. Oh and a little side portion of saag aloo.
The dessert was where the real creativity began to flow. A couple of months back, G and I went to a chocolate-making class where we learnt about tempering chocolate, playing with ganache and making truffles. We decided to put our knowledge to the test and make a chocolate creation like no other for dessert.
Ladies and gents, I present to you orange flavoured chocolate sprinkled with crushed candy canes and served with vanilla ice-cream and marshmallows. Mmmm mmm MMMMMM.
M went so far as to say that it was the best dessert he had EVER had. The boy is enthusiastic by nature, sure, but we'll take that as a fair representation of our efforts.
Wonderful! In case you're wondering, by way of entertainment, we provided an upbeat playlist, games of pool and animal onesies. Sure we veered off the Indian theme slightly but this is a Kitchen Party where rules are always broken (see previous post).
Anyhow, we were awarded 9.5/10 as there was too little entertainment between serving the poppadums and the chicken starters so apologies for slaving away in the kitchen to deliver a WARM first course. Goodness me!
Next time, it's the boys' turn. Will they beat our incredible score? Stay tuned!
Are you having a Kitchen Party any time soon? See here for the "rules" :)