There is something enthralling about watching a meal come together especially when you are working with a variety of ingredients; from fresh herbs and prime cuts of meat to freshly ground pepper.
When I am in the kitchen I like to experiment, trying my hands at preparing different ingredients and attempting new cooking techniques. Sometimes my experiments yield delicious outcomes and other times it yields disaster! But today, I am focusing on my more successful experiments: Christmas Lunch 2010.
The day started quietly enough, it was Christmas day but neither Femi nor I were up to visiting anyone nor did we want anyone visiting us, truth be told. We looked forward to a quiet, lazy day in.
And so I thought to myself, “I’ll boil the obligatory rice and whip up some tomatoe sauce and maybe toss some chicken in the oven”, that shouldn’t take too long should it?
And so I busied myself with prepping the ingredients and the wheels began to turn in my head as I remember an episode of the Food Network’s “Everyday Italian” where Giada De Laurentiis made this amazing venison medallion sauce. I didn’t have any such “posh” cut of meat in my freezer but I did however have some minute steak which were medallion shaped and this is how I “invented” my very own beef medallion black pepper sauce; so much for an uncomplicated lunch.
I was on a roll and my mind raced with so many ideas. Next were the chicken fillets, well this would be a cinch, I had seen Anthony Worrall Thompson stuff chicken breasts with seared seasonal vegetables and cheese and I had multicoloured silicone food loops that would be perfect for securing the chicken. This was turning out to be so much more fun than I had anticipated.
And on I went until I ended up with a veritable feast of stuffed chicken breasts, beef medallions in black pepper sauce, potato and chicken casserole, steamed rice garnished with fresh parsley, and a warm salad. For dessert, I had purchased a red velvet cake from “Cupcake Couture”; Blueberry and White chocolate cake and Banana raisin cake from “Seye Bakes”, and chocolate & mixed nuts from the Shops.
It turned out well actually, if I do say so myself. And eventually, we did have a guest over. And all three of us tucked in merrily.
It was a succesful day in Flab 🙂