Since it was Chris’
Which was why Chris was excited when I announced that I was going to cook dinner 😛 All the better since he had conference calls until 8PM at night and so was coming home late from work. So I donned my (imaginary) apron and was a 1920’s housewife for the night 😉
I made a Truffle and chicken pasta, mainly because we had a jar of Tetsuya black truffles which we bought when we celebrated Dad’s birthday in Tetsuya. I LOVE this stuff. It’s the secret to happiness, I swear. Just add a teaspoon of this luscious stuff to mashed potatoes, or butter, or whatever, and it turns a regular dish into something amazing. This time, it was pasta. It’s just a simple chicken and mushroom pasta, but adding a dollop of truffle makes the taste explode and your tastebuds quiver.
Was going to make the cream sauce from scratch like I usually do, but this time I felt lazy and bought a jar sauce instead. I have to say, I’d never do that again. Making your own cream sauce is actually quite simple and is, by far, superior. It doesn’t have that strange salty/preservative flavour and I like having the leeway to tweak with the flavour. Besides, I consider it cheating to use pre-made seasonings and sauces.. real housewives don’t do that!
Still, turned out not bad and made it a cinch to cook up. We had a nice, quiet birthday dinner together followed by luscious Couleur Chocolat truffle chocolates from France!
All the ingredients I used
Diced onions, sliced chicken, mushrooms and parsley
All cooked in with a bottle of “sun-dried tomato alfredo” sauce and Emmental cheese,
then with a sprinkle of black truffles stirred in to give a burst of flavour.
Truffle & chicken pasta
Couleur Chocolat from France.. a little birthday present I got for Chris
On the downside, they’re $4 each (!!!!!!!) but they are oh-so-LUSCIOUS…
And over the weekend, we arranged to go out with our favourite Shanghai friends to celebrate Chris’ birthday together. Chris selected The Spot, a casual pub/restaurant along Tongren Lu that’s popular with the expat crowd. We’re particularly fond of it because prices are VERY reasonable and the service is always friendly. It’s a nice place to kick back and chill out with friends – we had a great time!
Some of the girls and I. Erm.. except I forgot to take photos
of the birthday boy himself! *facepalm*
Delicious chicken enchiladas
My steak with mushroom sauce, corn on the cob, roast potatoes, soup, and salad. YUM!
Washed down with 5 glasses of red wine.. haha..