2012! Wasn’t it a movie? Hollywood! Major disaster – earthquake, tsunami, America…. The end of the world. I thought that was a good movie. Forget the story. Just watched the special effects and John Cusack. The movie was released in 2009. Now, three years later, we woke up to 1/1/12. Time flies.
I spent last night on the last day of 2011 cooking for friends. It was a very special night. I promised our close friends, Helen and Ted, that I will come to their house and cooked for them and three of their closest friends visiting from country Victoria. I promised an eight course dinner and crafted my menu for an enjoyable last meal to end 2011.
It was a good night. I thought I would be extremely exhausted by the end of the day after spending two days in the kitchen. Started off making some of the preparation at home, and pre-cooked the “Jiu Hu Char”, “Tau Eu Bak”, and “Kari Kay”. The other dishes I cooked in Helen’s lovely kitchen. I used as much local produce as I can get my hands on – including, Tasmanian Abalone and Huon River Breams.
I had some help in the kitchen from Helen and Lynn – folding the pork and prawn dumplings, and with cleaning the dishes. I showed them how to prepare the dumplings and “San Choy Pow”. A bit of a cooking demonstration. It was fun. The dumplings were poached in Helen’s homemade chicken consomme.
The second course was “San Choy Pow”.
The third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh courses had to be executed at the same time and served as a communal style dining, where everyone get to share all the five dishes. That, to me, was the challenge and highlight of the evening and the flavours of all the five dishes must harmoniously come together for a wholesome experience of my food. I watched my friends’ face when they ate my food. The expressions on their happy faces tell me more than their words, showering with praises and compliments. I felt satisfied and happy that I was able to share my love and happiness through food, which was a great way to end my year of 2011.
And, the final eighth course. A small tasting dessert of “Sago Gula Melaka”.
Fish is symbolic to Chinese. They symbolice an abundance of wealth and prosperity. The two fish on the plate signifies double of everything. Wishing all of you a year of 2012 filled with good health, happiness and lots of wealth and prosperity.