DINNER with … an old friend from Raffles Girls’ School. Both of us go way back to those silly, giddy teen years 35 years ago.
I never serve dinner at 6.30PM, but when mothers visit, the stove must fire up earlier. Mothers like to get home early enough to put their children to bed. The host-and-cook, however, doesn’t have to worry about this, though she would love to put herself to bed, ideally, at 9.30PM, good enough to rise at 4AM. The 4AM is doable, though not a piece of cake, but the 9.30PM? When that ever happens, I’ll cook a feast, I’ll celebrate, I’ll go buy 4D.
Dinner: 1. Onsen tamago in dashi / 2. Pinched mozzarella with Holland cherry tomatoes, and sweet basil / 3. Enoki mushroom seared in clarified butter / 4. Buri shioyaki, salted in the style of Chef Nozaki Hiromitsu / 5. Italian baby spinach sautéed with garlic / 6. Shiitake and fuu ball in red miso soup / 7. Lemongrass-infused Niigata Koshihikari rice
Dessert: Soufflé au chocolat
Wine: Viña del Cura Rioja Reserva, 2012
On the Jukebox: David Benoit
On the Night of: October 23, 2017