Dinner on Saturday

Last night, we had guests over for dinner. They had come all the way from the Philippines, to visit Oxford and other places in England. Hence my wife had an opportunity to show off her culinary skills once more.She prepared 4 lovely dishes. First is the large piece of salmon fillet which has been pan-fried to perfection – the centre is just cooked and outside is nicely browned.

Pan-fried salmon fillet
Pan-fried salmon fillet

Next is my wife’s family favourite – pork and hard-boiled eggs cooked in soya sauce. My daughters do love the eggs.

Soya pork and eggs
Soya pork and eggs

The third dish was stir-fried beef. For the meat, my wife bought Irish sirloin steak, cut them into strips and slightly tenderised them with the back of the knife. This was then fried with the baby leeks she had bought. The beef strips were very tender. Really nicely done.

Stir-fry strips of sirloin steak with baby leeks
Stir-fry strips of sirloin steak with baby leeks

For the vegetable dish, my wife pan-fried fresh prawns with garlic. This was then added to the boiled baby corn, tender stem broccoli, carrots and tofu cubes.

Various vegetables with prawns and tofu cubes
Various vegetables with prawns and tofu cubes

My only contribution to this meal was a bottle of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2003 which I had bought about 5-6 years ago. This was decanted an hour before to try and mature the wine a little further. It did go very well with the beef.

Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2003
Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2003
Decanted wine 1 hour prior to drinking
Decanted wine 1 hour prior to drinking

I leave you with the bird’s eye view of the dinner table.

Bird's eye view of the dinner
Bird’s eye view of the dinner

Our guests did enjoy the food and the fellowship.

Boon