Last night was girl’s night in at our new place as my childhood friends popped by for dinner. It’s been a while since I have caught up with these girls and considering that it was a workday, I wanted something simple yet snazzy that could be whipped up to entertain. These two recipes worked fine, I even had some time to make some special fried rice for AK hehehe. Fried rice with butter, broccoli, prawns, garlic and pepper which also doubled up for her kindie lunch for today. She does not seem to like blandness anymore since the little girl has discovered flavaaaa.
Anyway, the lamb chops were easy to prepare. Just mash up some garlic with olive oil, add a bit of black pepper and 2 sprigs of rosemary and mix with the lamb chops. I had 8 chops and left the mixture to stand for an hour. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celsius.
After the one hour, I fired up the stove and browned the lamb chops 2 minutes per side for that caramelized look. I then added the chops to a grilling pan (where I also added baby potatoes, rosemary, 4 mashed garlic cloves, black pepper and more olive oil). The balance of the lamb marinade, I then poured onto the whole pan and then stuck the pan into the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 10 minutes. I only started baking the lamb chops in the preheated oven once my friends arrived so they would be able to enjoy hot food!
After the ten minutes, you should get a medium to medium rare texture to the meat. It would not be overly done and I made sure to stab the lamb chops randomly with a knife before mixing with the marinade (no anger issues, it’s just so the flavor from the herbs get absorbed) so the meat cooked more thoroughly. My friends seemed to love the lamb dish so yay!
During the one hour of marinade, I prepared the ingredients for the pasta and also boiled the pasta until a la dente. There are a few recipes you can find online, but I decided to not stray too far from my previous salted egg yolk squid/crab recipe (refer to salted egg yolk + sotong post). However, for this pasta, I decided to add shelled prawns to avoid an overly rich taste. This was a special request from my friend who loves anything with salted egg yolk.
Get yourself about 3 sprigs of curry leaves, 5 bird’s eye chillis/cili padi, 3 smashed garlic cloves, and 1.5 cans of evaporated milk. Heat a wok with some butter (about 3 tablespoons) then add the curry leaves, garlic and the chilli. Stir until fragrant and then add the mashed salted egg yolks (I used 6). Once it starts frothing, try to make sure most of the mashed salted egg yolk pieces are dissolved and then add the evaporated milk and prawns. Stir until desired consistency.
Season with a bit of Knorr chicken powder, sugar and salt then add the pasta in and stir until all is incorporated. Garnish with parsley or a bit of coriander. I also added just a teaspoon of parmesan, but it’s even alright without it. Safe to say, you can also exchange the prawns for maybe scallops, chicken, squid; love how the recipe is flexible that way. This recipe was enough for 4 people, even with seconds.
That’s it, 2 courses for you in about 1.5 hours! Fuss-free since you can also prep the ingredients a night in advance. However, last minute me managed to prep and cook everything in 2 hours so I could sit down with my friends after and not have to worry about pots and pans or something possibly burning.
They brought brownies and fruits, but it’s safe to say that no one was thinking healthy last night as the fruits were untouched haha. They also brought rootbeer and ice-cream, so we had rootbeer floats and brownies a la mode. Simply sinful and we had fun chilling at home talking about life and whatnot.
One of them has been itching to try out the chalkboard at home, so we got an artwork souvenir from her and each of them on our chalkboard wall!
Please excuse the messy shelves. Organising the house as a whole is the next thing I wanna do this weekend >.<
I find cooking really therapeutic and nothing beats cooking for your loved ones. Mr Grumpy is not a fan of lamb but he had the pasta and I also got to eat the chops with my fellow lamb-loving friends. Win-win! It was also super comfortable to just chill in laidback clothes and not have to worry about restaurant service or not so baby friendly places. Am so glad for the catch up as it was really quality time I have not had with this bunch in a long time.
Forgot to take pictures as we were too busy indulging, but here is the only one picture we have of the food. 🙂