Valentines day...the day couples flood the streets hand in hand, exchange gifts and express love in everyway possible. For those flying solo on this particular day....all that 'love'-hype' can get a little depressing.
Instead of dwelling in our loneliness at home; we organized a small get-together. I volunteered to cook a simple meal for all...and the deal was that they'd bring booze and dessert~. We gathered 10 happy singles ready for some entertainment.The menu was simple; seasoned round steak/garlic roasted chicken thighs served with cheesy mash potatoes, a thick baguette slice and salad on the side. I made a leafy salad with crispy beef bacon bits and herbed feta cubes; dressed in balsamic vinaigrette.
Here's an idea for all mash lovers. Add in 1/2 inch cubes of fresh mozzarella and stir well while mash is piping hot! you get chunks of gooey cheese in between...oh god...so good...*wipes drool*
I was worried that there wouldn't be enough to eat; should I make an impromptu dessert? or roast a couple more chicken thighs?... lucky for me...there were a couple of 'no-shows'. *phew*
Guests arrived an hour and a half late; as expected...*shakes head in disappointment* but at least they were generous with wine, carbonated drinks and a lovely apple strudel~
I kept the food warm in the oven over very low heat. I was risking overheating the beef. I needed the steak pieces staying medium rare, delicious and tender. Considering how raw Australian beef cuts are priced here in Malaysia; I was highly pressured to cook it to perfection! I spent about RM180 on the entire meal for 11; pretty tight budget, but squeezed a pretty good dinner out of it nonetheless. The laughter and smiles made it worth the time and trouble. I just love feeding people~*happy grin*
I wish we could have stayed on longer to hang out and chat, but my lil' beautiful girlfriends had another agenda waiting down town. It was "Mambo Jambo"; retro night at Velvet underground (Zouk)! The place was packed, music was real good, drinks flowed well and there were a pair of sexy cupids giving out Herseys KISSES! Who can resist a fit, scantily clad, fluffy winged angel giving out CHOCoLATE!