I have a group of friends from university who love to cook or eat (some, both). While we were still in uni, we would organise occasional get-togethers at someone’s house, where those who could cook would try out some new recipe, while those who couldn’t would do the dishes. I missed the first few sessions as they were usually on Saturday nights, but when they changed it to Friday I tried to go for as many as I could. As you can imagine, I was usually among those clearing up and washing the plates after we had eaten our fill and could stomach no more. The dishes were a hodgepodge of whatever different people felt like cooking, though there was always a level of coordination to get the different food groups covered (and ensure there was dessert, of course).
As the group was quite big and the recipes adventurous and slightly ambitious, we always ended up in one guy’s house which had a well-equipped kitchen. He was generous to open up his home, and he loved hosting us and more importantly, cooking new food for us. Sadly (for us but not for him), after we graduated from uni he decided to go overseas to further his passion for cooking at Le Cordon Bleu or some cooking school. Our cook-outs, as we called them, were no more. Everyone also got busy and it was hard to arrange a common time as well.
Recently as I was thinking about my skill set, I decided that I want to be able to cook a few ‘signature’ dishes. I might not have a whole repertoire of dishes that I can cook, certainly not those complicated laksa/chicken rice, but at least something presentable that I can whip up if there is a potluck and I need to bring something. Also, I want to be able to prepare a meal for my family to eat together at home instead of always having to go out to overpriced restaurants for food that might not be that healthy or nice. So I thought back to the cook-outs and remembered this particular dish that my friend attempted based on a Gordan Ramsay recipe, salmon en croute. He said it was pretty simple if you’re not making the shortcrust yourself. So I went to google the recipe (see video here) and I’m going to prepare this for my family for dinner the coming Monday, since it’s a public holiday.
I’ll keep you posted on how that attempt goes 😁 *fingers crossed*
Update: I cooked the salmon en croute and it went well! Yum yum. I still have the pastry skin in my freezer and the mustard seeds so I shall attempt it again.