Hello Beautiful Wonderful People! Much Love To You All.
It’s that time of year again – love is in the air. I’m not a pro-lover of Valentine’s Day as I think it’s not necessary to have one day of the year to show how much you appreciate your loved one. You can treat someone any day, any time of the year without a commercialised reminder. However, this year, I decided to treat one of my best friends as well as my sister and two of her friends to a top notch dinner. A home made 3-course meal made with love! I wanted it to be a celebratory meal as we all have a lot to be proud of. My sister achieved fantastic grades in her mock exams, Helena is building her mobile beauty business and I have received a very exciting job offer working for an independent television production company!! I went for a second meeting with the company earlier today then I caught the high-speed train to Nottingham. Busy day indeed! Here’s the low down of how I prepared the meal…
Most of the preparations for the meal were done yesterday evening. Inspired by a Colombian recipe, I blended up the ingredients to make Mango Chicken and left it to marinate in the fridge for 16hours. This helps the Chicken to soak up the delicious mango flavour. For the Chocolate Orange Brioche, I baked the dough in the bread machine and after the bread cycle, I put in chocolate chips and glazed with fresh orange juice then left the dough to rise overnight. This helps the dough to proof and expand. As for the puff pastry, I cut the pastry into 6 squares. In each square I placed fillings in it and sealed by pressing my thumb down on the edges. This saved me a lot of time than to prepare everything on the day!
After arriving home from my trip to London, I had 3-hours until the guests arrived. I fried the Chicken before putting it in the pre-heated oven to cook. I peeled the Sweet Potatoes, cut and steamed before cooking in the halogen cooker. I cooked Basmati Rice in the rice cooker and steamed the vegetables. Cooking the Brioche and Pastry was just a case of placing both in a pre-heated oven until golden brown. Easy peasy lemon squeasy! Timing was important to ensure food was hot at the time of serving.
The menu for our candle lit dinner:
Cheesy Bacon Pastry
Mango Chicken, Sweet Potato, Vegetables & Butter Rice
Soft Chocolate Orange Brioche
It was a fabulous evening. Good company, a catch up and classic music playing in the background!