Category Archives: Entertaining At Home

christmas 2015

Last Christmas was the third consecutive year we had Christmas party at our humble home. It has somehow became a tradition to have Christmas party at The Chongs. This is something which we take pride in doing. I guess what makes us do this year in year out is because we know we will have a good time out of it and also this is our way of saying thank you to our dear friends for being a part of our lives.with g3 preset
and we’ve got a fireplace 😉


Like always, I’ll take care of the menu and C, the rest of the stuff; drinks, music, decors and making the house feel as cosy as possible. After toiling in the kitchen the entire day, I am glad that I got all the food out on the table on time (C is very particular about this), what is supposed to be served warm is warm and what is supposed to be serve cold is cold.

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Not forgetting the kids, they had a jolly good time. They got to play and they got Christmas presents…loads of them. I’ll be happy if I were a kid!

it’s a riot!

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It was a night of eating till we were near bursting and I think we drank a little too much till we were slightly hung over the next day.

It was all in the name of good fun.

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We absolutely loved having you all!!

Till the next Christmas, guys!

xx

  

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{E cooks} Roast Chicken Stuffed With Quinoa

For the NUS group X’mas gathering, we did not have turkey as it was a small group. So I made roast chicken instead. It’s been ages since I last roast a chicken. The hubs said it’s easier to get a roast chicken from Cold Storage than to make one ourself. It probably cost less than making our own. Hhmm…true to that but somehow I prefer to roast my own. I think it’s quite satisfying to make a perfect roast.

I made two roast chicken. I wanted to try out a new recipe which is chicken stuffed with quinoa, but did not want to risk it as I’ve not tried it before. You know putting all your egss in one basket? To play it safe, I made one chicken stuffed with quinoa and another lemon and herb which was tried, tested and gotten thumbs up before. So, if the first one is a flop, I still have another as back up.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am happy to say that this roast turned out exceptionally well, so moist and so tasty. The quinoa was very good as well, as it soaks up all the juices from the bird. The hubs and I loved it. He even brought it to work the next day and he couldn’t stop singing praises about it!

 

Mother’s Day Potluck

It started off  with a conversation about pizza and it led us to this.
It’s been a while since we last gathered and this occasion gave us enough reason to do just that 🙂

I know from past experiences that we will definitely have a lot of leftovers. I hate wasting food and we always, always have to resort to games in order to finish off everything and most of the time, we were always full to the brim. So, me, just like a broken the record have to keep reminding everyone not to bring so much food and I would say, we did well this time 🙂 No wastage! Yay!

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How time has changed. Just one or two years back, our gatherings were only adults. And now, we have three kiddos in tow with three more on the way!! Happy times ahead! Or does it spells disaster? 😮 Hehe

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Love this picture albeit a bit blurry.
Caught in the act. Em, I seriously don’t know what your daughter just did to Baby M. 😀

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Next up, Father’s Day potluck. Anyone?? We need more gatherings like this before our lives go topsy-turvy 🙂

Pre-Baby (sort of) Dinner

I am always up for entertaining at home and there’s nothing I love more than cooking for friends; it is one of our favorite ways to spend quality time with friends.

Few Sundays back, we had some friends over for dinner. The bff Em due date is approaching, so I thought why not take this opportunity to prepare a nice dinner for her before she pops (She has since gave birth to a baby girl 🙂 ) As the hubs had to attend a workshop, I was left to do all the marketing, preparations and cooking all by myself. Cooking for 10 people is quite a task and to have everything ready in 4 hours is no mean feat! Thank goodness Em came over earlier to help out, an extra pair of hands in the kitchen do make a difference!

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The theme/keyword for the dinner is simplicity; no heavy cooking nor complicated dishes. So, here’s presenting you the pre-baby party (sort of) menu:-

To nibble on, we had caviar with melba toast. I chopped up some chives, onions, egg (whites and yolks) and lemon wedges for the accompaniments. The adults loved it, the kids? They prefer the melba toast 🙄 But I guess if I were a kid, I wouldn’t like those black lump of roes too. For starter, I made Baked Portobello Mushroom topped with Red Wine Chorizo. They were a crowd pleaser (that’s what everyone said) and imo, to-die-for!! 😉

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As for main, I served up Roast Chicken Thigh with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme with a side of Roasted Broccoli. Although the chicken did not sit in the marinade for long, I was quite surprise with how tasty the chicken was. For the broccoli, I added some garlic and tossed them with anchovy oil. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and pop them inside for 8-10 minutes or until cook through. (To save time, cook both the mushrooms and the broccoli together)

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For carbs, I whipped up a two simple pasta dish; Truffle Basil Pesto Spaghetti and Furikake Spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti accordingly and separate them into two portions. For the first portion, I added store bought truffle basil pesto and for the second, I tossed in some Japanese furikake. I finished both with a drizzle of truffle oil for added flavor. Easy peasy! 🙂

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Now comes the dessert, Apple Pie with a twist. This is 10 times easier as compared to the classic apple pie and they can be made ahead of time. To assemble the apple pie, filled the phyllo pastry cup with cinnamon apple filling, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with crushed nuts all over. A perfect sweet note to end the dinner on.

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Although this dinner was planned on such a short notice (the morning itself), I am glad that I managed to pull it off. Everyone left with a happy tummy and I seriously can’t wait to do this again! 🙂