Saturday, February 13, 2010

There's A First For Everything

Even I'm surprised by this post.

Over the years most of my friends could tell you, I haven't been the biggest 'cooking' enthusiast. Sure I love eating out, eating other people's food, and as you can see from reading this blog, taking pictures of food - but, cooking myself, wasn't so into it. Well, that seems to have changed. Over the last few months I've really started to like the idea of entertaining and making meals for friends. In fact very recently, I hosted my first dinner party where I cooked all the food myself! On the menu: Risotto (the most basic, because it was my first time cooking it on my own), a whole roast chicken with potatoes, carrots and cherry tomatoes and brownies for dessert. I snapped a few pictures because how I like to roast the chicken, is kinda the funniest thing ever. Ok, well if you have any type of sense of humour it's funny. If you're a vegetarian I understand why it's not.

See! Funny, right!? You stick the chicken on a standing up rack, put it in the oven at 375 for an hour and a bit and it's done! So simple and easy. You have to put about a cup of kosher salt under the chicken and you can scatter your veggies all around the pan. The cherry tomatoes go in for less time, about 45 minutes. I tend to check on everything, every 10 minutes. For some sick reason I like to watch the chicken sweat.

All in all everything went off without a hitch. No fires, no food poisoning, just a good time. I'd love to hear your first dinner party experiences. Share below!

2 comments:

  1. Fabulous! I held my first dinner party when I was 9 years old! I've been doing it ever since! Your first meal unassisted looks like a smashing success! My favorite comfort food is lemon, sherry and rosemary risotto although I am also a stiffler for thyme.

    I try and have at least one dinner party a week to bring my friends together. I love the social implications of inviting random people together at a table for good food (I try and mix and match people who have never met so they can meet a new and interesting personality through me).

    Tonight I am serving four. We are having two bottles of Cote de Rhone. A spinach, goat cheese and pecan salad. And a few fried skirt steaks with a coq au vin sauce over butter fried egg noodles.

    Tres Bon!

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  2. Haha I am so getting one of these! I can already see Milo glaring at the chicken though the glass.

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