Monday, September 20, 2010

Food Bloggers' Dinner 2010

This cow is not dead. In fact, it is still hungry and now a little tired after about 2 weeks of event work. While I recuperate, I shall blog! Moohahaha.

So before the next Food Bloggers' Dinner comes knocking on our door, here's my memory of this year's.

A common sight at every year's dinner- bloggers working their cameras before touching their forks.

It's not just a bread basket to hungry people! The joys of having warm bread when the stomach growls. And it comes in handy to mop up sauces too.

Dinner started when the cameras started flashing Crabmeat Cake with Avocado top with Mesclun Salad, Beetroot Paint & Balsamic Reduction arrived. This was one crabcake packed full of crab meat. All it lacked was a big shell. Moohehehe. I like the play of different light flavours here. Somehow to me, this dish oozed loads of Aussie appeal.

The pasta course featured Short Tube Pasta with chunks of Tuna in Homemade Tomato Sauce with Capers, Olives, Chili, Garlic, Basil, White Wine & rich Fish Broth. A shorter name would be Simple and Delicious. The pasta tubes were firm and held the sauce (tomato, garlic and fish broth flavours) nicely. The cubes of very fresh tuna were just lightly seared and patted with black pepper.

My choice of main was Breaded Veal Scallopine pan fried in Butter glace with Veal Jus, Cherry Tomato Salsa & Lemon Wedge. A flat piece of veal was bread-crumbed and deep-fried. Reminded me a little of grandma's biscuit-crumbed pork chops. By itself with the sauce, I found it not to my liking. There was something a little too sharp and distracting in the sauce. Worcestershire maybe? But when eaten together with the small heap of tomatoes, the fresh juiciness and sweetness of the tomatoes balanced everything beautifully.

I spied my neighbour's neighbour's Sea bream blanket with crispy Brick Phyllo on Butternut Pumpkin Puree top with Tomato Salsa and ended up with a piece on my plate. Thanks, A 1/2 Food Blog! This dish was a winner. Light, flaky, crispy. This I could polish up quite a few as snacks. :)

Lastly, we had the Pistachio Financier with Strawberry Salsa & Mint for dessert. After the amount of food we had, this dense financier could have sunk us like the Titanic. Just that we're hardly as big. As I do not like almond and pistachio flavoured items, this dessert unfortunately didn't make it for me.

And I won one of quite a few prizes kindly donated by Pantry Pursuits! Recent Runes said that I win a prize every year. After some careful recalling of past years' dinners, I think he's right. :)

Anyway, my family who drinks tea almost daily would certainly be happy with this teapot with a warmer base.

It was a pleasure meeting old familiar and new food blogging friends. The community is certainly growing and with the diverse reasons, styles and characters of food blogging, it is nice to see bloggers seated together and enjoying food and good company.

Big thanks to Recent Runes who arranged this dinner and the menu and for donating almost all of his veal to me, and to all who came, ate, chatted and made this Food Bloggers' Dinner 2010! And no, there was no credit card throwing.

We paid for our food.

44 Jalan Merah Saga
#01-60 Chip Bee Gardens
Tel: 6475 9069

Chew On This: Some of the above dishes were specially made for this dinner and not listed on the menu. But if you like, call and request ahead of your visit and I am sure Executive Sous Chef Dennis Ong would be happy to oblige!


Anonymous said...

wow you guys paid! haha

The Hungry Cow said...

Anonymous: Of course. We've paid for all our annual food bloggers' dinners and smaller informal makan outings, just like any customer would.

Shilin said...

hahah.. somebody's still bitter over the incident. hah!

The Hungry Cow said...

Shilin: It was in tongue in cheek hor! Moohaha.