We hit if off when finding that both of us enjoy food and drinks. It was just a lunch, but we ended finishing three bottles of sake. We just had a good time. Since then, I go out to enjoy dinner with her once in a while.
She cooked for me once and this is the first time for me to invite her to our place and cook for her. For these occasions, the italian cooking classes help a lot. All the dishes I learn look sophisticated and complicated, but simple to cook (little tricks make a huge difference). Most importantly, they are all delicious. So, I became more comfortable to entertain friends with my food than ever before.
appetizer: savory spinach & red bell pepper soufflé with bagna cauda + salad
I was not happy how it came out. It was supposed to be softer and fluffier. I forgot to add eggs and baked, so it didn’t get firm at all. I was going to make two layers of green spinach and bright red pepper, but I had to mix all with egg and rebaked. That’s why it came dry and hard…My friend says the flavor is there though.
pasta: spaghetti with walnut sauce
My favorite! First time to make myself after the class. Both my husband and friend loved it. Yay!
main: sword fish with olives & cappers in white wine sauce
I have cooked this dish a few times, so it came out as good as usual. It did wow to her. She was surprised how light Italian could be. All flavors from olives, cappers, italian bread crumbs, garlic and chives came together perfectly.
No dessert. I was going to make tiramisu, but time was out. I need to improve my basic cooking skills, such as chopping, peeling and measuring. Prep is 90% of cooking and I gotta move faster and more precise.
Here are some secrets.
I took herbs for granted for a long time, but they are amazing to give wonderful flavor into food. Marjoram and thyme make walnut sauce to the next level.
I peeled thin skin of walnut to get rid of unpleasant taste or bitterness of it. It took me a couple of hours to get done the amount just for four people. Yes, cooking is patient and dedication. Every extra work would make a huge difference.
One bottle of sparkling wine was just enough for two of us.
breakfast: chocolate cake, strawberries with yogurt & honey + coffee
I got up early enough to have breakfast with him. It’s been a wonderful weekend.