Pan-roasted scallops with cauliflower puree
Call it the typical new year resolution but I recently, had a brilliant idea to revive Sunday lunches at home. Must have been the influence from the Asian Food Channel, which plays Ramsay's The F Word but I got swayed to purchase Gordon Ramsay's Sunday Lunch one day.
Herb-crusted rack of lamb
I went through page by page of the cookbook and decided to tackle the first Sunday lunch - Mediterranean flavours. Actually I was attracted to the idea of cooking rack of lamb, something I have yet to attempt.
I started out with the first course, the scallops. An interesting combination of flavours, the scallops are served on a dollop of cauliflower puree, a caper and sultana dressing and vinaigrette. Although this dish wasn't too perfect (I had not seared my scallops enough), we both voted this the best item. I liked the slightly tangy caper and sultana dressing with gave flavour to the bland tasting but creamy cauliflower puree. Even the vinaigrette went beautifully with the whole combination. Even though I had halved my portions, I had loads of puree and dressing to go around.
I also liked the rack of lamb but we had quite a few problems trying to cook it. Even though recipe called for 10 to 15 minutes, it took a while in the oven. I didn't want my lamb to be too pink, hence we may have over-roasted it a bit. Next time, I reckon we will get it A-perfect.
Baguette and butter pudding
The sides like the courgettes were yummy even though I had forgotten basil leaves in it. I didn't really like the pommes boulangere. Maybe my potatoes and onions weren't covered enough with stock as some bits weren't cooked and dried out.
For desserts, we had the baguette and butter pudding. Since I had used quite a high baking dish, my custard didn't cover the whole pudding, hence the top was extra crispy. I liked the eggy bits at the bottom, which went well with cold ice-cream.
Am not too sure if I am up to cooking for others at the moment as I reckon, I need more practice! Hopefully the next menu I pick is easier as I definitely need a sure winner to serve when friends come over for lunch.