Saturday, January 31, 2015

Celebrating Khoi's Old Age

Khoi turned 25 this past week! I asked him if he preferred that I take him out or make dinner, and he chose the latter so...I figured I'd be a bit creative.

Antipasto. Prosciutto, smoked gouda, fig compote, herbed balsamic and olive oil, toasted rosemary bread.

After nomming on our first course, he helped me prep the second course -- diver scallops. We followed this recipe, using tarragon and skipping the lemon. Separately, I prepped grits following package directions (+ arbitrary amounts of butter, heavy cream, grated parm, and extra water for creaminess) and stir fried some spinach, mushrooms, shallots, and bacon in advance.

Main course. Browned-butter seared scallops with parmesan grits, bacon, wilted spinach, mushrooms, shallots, and tarragon.

For dessert, I prepped cornflake, chocolate chip, and marshmallow cookies a day in advance following a Momofuku recipe. I'm too lazy to make the cornflake crunch listed in the recipe, so I just went for a shortcut by using plain cornflakes and it turned out okay.

Dessert course. Ice cream two ways.

Birthday boy, about to fill his second stomach with dessert ^^

Aaand I also made an ice cream cake for both Khoi and John, since they had a joint bday party the next day. I'm the designated cake person for most parties.

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