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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday Night, Dinner for Six

Dinner for Six

Back at it again. We had friends for dinner on Friday, so of course a great opportunity to try a few more recipes.

Menu:

Pre-dinner cocktail: Pina Coloda
Appetizer: Brie w/fig jam
Main:
Grilled coriander, lime & chilli chicken breasts, Grilled corn on the cob, cherry tomato salad and sweet corn muffins.
Dessert: Berry Semi-freddo w/dark chocolate sauce and a lace cookie

This is how it went...

Well, I must say I thought my pina coloda was pretty darn good...(hmmm maybe that is why I had the headache the next day or was it the wine?)
I tossed the chicken in coriander(cilantro), crushed garlic, red chilli and lime juice and let marinate for a fwe hours. I topped it with a bit of this same mixture as well as some spring onions once served.

The corn, not only looked good it was also pretty tasty, I brushed it with butter and lime zest before grilling, only thing missing was a bit of sea salt.

I tossed the cherry tomatoes with sea salt, good olive oil and a dash of vinegar and let them sit for about an hour. Then served them with some baby spinach.
I thought my sweet corn muffin was a good touch, but a little dry (oops).

As for dessert....this is where the new recipe comes in. I used Donna Hay for some of the dinner, but mostly for the Berry Semi-freddo! I am sold...this stuff is delicious! I made it the night before, because you have to let it freeze for at least 6 hours. I just used her basic semi-freddo recipe, which is basically eggs, sugar, cream and vanilla. You cook it on the stove top and the fold in the whipped cream. Then just add whatever you like for flavoring. I chose mixed berries, that I mixed with some raspberry jam and then folded into the semi-freddo and popped it in the freezer. I served it with a dark chocolate sauce and a lace cookie. Yum.


So, now after a big week of make a lot of sweet things, I have decided Pete and I are on a detox week and I will be cooking from the ultra-healthy cookbooks my mother has given me (I am sure she will be quite pleased).




3 comments:

AbbeM said...

Hey Leila! Well, you're getting your first follower out of me. The dinner you made with the coriander chicken looks delicious! You're going to make me feel bad for not cooking more. :)

You should follow ours too (aemacbeth.blogspot.com). You can keep up with us, and see how Natalie is getting so big!

Christine said...

I can testify, the dinner was delicious :) thanks for having us round lovely :)

Dawn Dahl Merz said...

Ahhhhhh!!! Looks stunning!! I am feeling very inspired, especially by the dessert!! How refreshing! Can't wait to enjoy much hospitality together in the coming year in each other's homes, though you might be getting some ham sandwiches and storebought ice cream on occasion from my kitchen! Smile. Love you!

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