Sunday, 20 July 2008

Back In The Saddle Again & The Ultimate Dinner Party


Amuse Bouche

Ceviche of Tasmanian Salmon with Avocado, Tomato,
Chilli, Coriander & Topped with Salmon Roe

Paired with a Lindaure Fraise


Szechuan Pork Salad with Rocket, King Island Feta,

Italian Sweet Cherry Vinegar & Joseph First Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Paired with a 2006 Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot

from McLaren Vale

Pallet Cleanser

Lemon Sorbet

Main Course

Fillet of King Island Beef with Dauphinoise Potatoes,

Sweet Potato Mash & A Red Wine Blackberry Jus

Paired with a 2005 Metala Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet

from Saltram Wine Estate South Australia


Amelita’s Amazing Chocolate Fondue with Seasonal Fruits

Paired with a Suntory Lena Banana Liquor over Crushed Ice

Cheese Course

King Island Seal Bay triple Cream Brie,

Maggie Beer Quince Paste and Oat Biscuits

When faced with the challenge of finding a new job after having the dream job of being a Chef. Where does it all lead? Well it has been an interesting few months. I am back in the garbage business. Disposing of it of course. It has been extremely busy and extremely overwhelming at times. I not only get rid of the general waste side of things. Now I deal with the hazardous side of things as well. My cheeky new boss left out the fact, that in my new position I would be dealing with those nasty things called greasetraps, measuring them to be exact. Have you ever seen or smelt one of those things. Nasty and disgusting. Also she left out the fact that my first day would comprise of Hep A & B injections. But the difference with this position is that we recycle alot of it. Which makes me feel a lot better. Also if you remember my previous two posts ages ago, you will remember how traumatised I was at how much we throw away at the dump and how much I loved my job. For those of you who have not seen them, I will provide the links. So this is the best of both worlds.
So how does this coincide with my Dinner Party you ask? Well I had my gorgeous new boss and her husband over for dinner, inclusive of the other lovely young lady I work with and her husband. Out to impress I guess. So this menu above is what I treated her to. K is obsessed with food as I am. So I pulled out a very classy menu and I think I impressed. They loved it. My boss K could not stop taking photos of the food and by the end of the night we were all very inebriated. K is also to get credit for the amazing pictures above. K calls herself, B-Captured. Very clever little name, for a very clever lady. I am exceptionally lucky. I have had some wonderful bosses and this one is a star. We didn't get to the cheese course, we were all stuffed.
So everything has settled down and my routine has sort of gone back to normal. This menu will have each recipe shown in succession over the next 2 weeks. So I hope you enjoy them. And no I am not dead nor in a coma somewhere. Just lost track of myself for a little while. But I found myself and I am back with a vengeance. Thank you everyone for your continued thoughts and support.
Amelita aka Squishy


Duncan | Syrup&Tang said...

What a stupendous 're-opening' shot! Very impressive menu and good to see you on blog-deck again:)

Squishy said...

Thank you very much Duncan, it's good to be back again. Sometimes life just puts you in a very busy place and you forget about the things that are so important. My blog is very important to me and I wanted to open with a bang. I loved designing that menu, cooking and of course eating it.

Joe said...

Yaa! Glad you're back!

amanda said...

That food looks sensational. Welcome back.

Chopper said...

I have to say, Gordon Ramsay wherever you are, sit up and take notice of my wife!
This meal was a triumph. I have never had a better a la carte meal anywhere. The Ceviche was perfect, the Szechuan Pork Salad (my favourite) was awesome, and the steak? All I can say is I am a lucky, lucky man. I could have eaten 5 of those suckers, but we had guests.
Amelita could have made some good cash at the dinner, but as she was out to impress her new boss I guess it wouldn't have been seen as appropriate.

Eskimo said...

The menu, the meal, the company.. it was all bloody amazing! To be perfectly honest, this is the best meal I have ever eaten (and remember I ate at ARIA restaurant in March this year). So what, ARIA had a view of the Sydney Harbour, we had a view of Chopper's hat in the pool!

Squishy said...

Hi Joe, Yes I am back and I have some catching up to do with your blog Mr.

Hi Amanda good to see you guys are keeping a track of little old me. I look forward to seeing you again.

Chopper, I just love you. XoxoxoX

Eskimo, for those of you who have not figured it out, Eskimo is my boss and her dear husband. Thank you for your wonderful compliment. Next time Vietnamese night. Woo Hoo! Yes poor Chopper. Chopper collects caps people and I had given Chopper a hat from when I used to work for our competitor in the Waste Game and my boss Miss K decided that he needed to be relieved of the dreadful thing and threw it in the pool. Chopper saved it by fishing it out of the pool.

P.S. For all you hat lovers out there, no more hats will be harmed in the future. Lock and Key when K is around.

Anonymous said...

i've missed your blog entries soooo much. What a fabulous way to kick off!

Love ya Jules xoxoxoxox

neil said...

Great your back and revitalised. Wicked menu, sounded like a great time!

David Hall said...

Great to hear from you again Squishy, about time too! That food, drooooolllll!!!! Superb.


JillyB said...

Lovely to see you back in action and what a dinner!!! Thanks for stopping by, my blog hopes to be like tis when it grows up!

Vida said...

Great to have you back Amelita!!! This dinner is worthy of all the awards... Can't wait for the chocolate fondue recipe and details... Vida x x x x

Clarebare said...

Hey Amy it is great to see you back in the saddle! Inspiring cooking as usual!
Hope all is going as well as it sounds.
Love to all XXX
Love you lots
Clarebare XXXX

"Grendel" said...

Great menu - and it all looked terrific.

Nice to see you back and posting!