Another Menu to Impress... the B-I-P
Hello to all... I know this question has been posed in a zillion ways, but hopefully it won't offend...
I'm having the B-I-P (boy-in-progress... not boyfriend, but not seeing others... my term) over for dinner on Tuesday. I want to impress, no, knock his socks off. He loves food and cooking, but I feel like given his restaurant choices thus far, that I can blow what he conceives of as good food away.
Some info... He's British, unfortunately allergic to shellfish (my favorite), doesn't have too many dislikes... My allergies I will deal with altering for myself.
I had originally planned on making Tikka Masala... Chicken for him, and either chicken or veggie for me. If I go this route, I'm not sure what I want to make to go with it. Was thinking about some form of Saag... and probably rice... Any suggestions for nice complimentary menus?
My other thought was not to go *all out* on the first meal. Something simple but classic instead. Then I can go more complex next time, and not set the bar too high. :) Roasted chicken, probably over roasted veggies and potatoes. Maybe a nice salad and a homemade loaf of bread? The bread and potatoes sound like too much starch, but I know he's a meat and potatoes guy.
I'm usually not indecisive like this when cooking for boys. My mind seems to keep going blank when I try to access my arsenal of proven dishes. Nothing I normally make sounds good enough to me. I want to make a meal that I feel good about, as I don't want to impart nerves to the food. He'll surely be polite, whatever I serve, but I want to make him go ohmygod-this-is-brilliant, and to still be thinking of the meal days later...
Help me curl his... taste buds! TIA!
Probably not what you are looking for, but Spaghetti and meatballs are always a winner with the men folk I know. Add a really nice green salad with some heirloom tomatoes and you are good to go. You could do a nice berry panna cotta for desert.
I think the Tikka Masala sounds perfect. Since he's British that might even be classified as a comfort food. I would make it all chicken so the two of you are sharing the same meal and you can have a couple different chutnies on the side with varying heat levels. And maybe find some Indian beer?
if you're confident of the execution, go for it! make one dish that you both can eat, however, not 2 versions of the same thing. less work and seems more polite.
i can't advise much on that tiki masala menu, since i never eat, nor cook, indian food.
in general, don't make anything too heavy, or too saucy. one can spoil ardor with a food coma and the other is potentially too messy! shirt-spills can be embarrassing for some, lol.
Generally I agree with 8" pestle, but occasionally I've broken that rule with great success. Sorry for the delay, but here's my version of the badam pullao:
1/2 c ghee or clarified butter
2-4 ozs blanched or toasted almonds
1/4 c fresh coconut, finely chopped
3/4 c pistachios
1/4 c raisins, optional
1" piece gingeroot, grated
1 bay leaf
6 crushed cardamoms
4 whole cloves
1/4 tsp saffron threads, soaked in 1 Tbl warm milk
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp ground mace
2 jalapenos, diced
2 1/2 Tbls cilantro, finely chopped
2 c basmati rice, washed & drained
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
3 c thin coconut milk
Heat ghee, fry almonds, coconut, pistachios for 1 min. Add raisins, if using, ginger, bay, cardamom, clove, saffron & milk, nutmeg, mace, jalapeno & cilantro. Cook & stir about 1 min. Add rice, salt, sugar, coconut milk; boil 3-4 min. cover & simmer on very low about 20 min. Remove from heat, keep covered for 10 more min. Fluff. Garnish as desired (for company, I often use silver leaf for garnish; can purchase online or at a good Indian store.)