Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Degustation Dinner

Somewhere along the road, the running group I joined has morphed into a social group. We meet for breakfasts, drinks, dinners and basically anything that doesn't involve running. I'm not sure if it makes me the smart or dumb one to still be running solo. I'll let you decide!

On Saturday night we had a 'Running Group' Degustation Dinner hosted by Jennie. The idea was that we all took along our signature dish to create an epic feast.

I don't think I actually have a signature dish. At one point I was thinking of the burger project, but a fish eating vegetarian and someone suffering from celiac disease put pay to that idea. I eventually settled on the Thai Fish Salad from my Sailors Thai cookery lesson.

We had a great evening sitting out in Jennie's back garden. Eating some lovely food, chatting and consuming a bottle of wine per course. My only regret was that I had to leave just before midnight as I needed to be up at 5am the next morning to get to work. On a Sunday!

It was a really great idea for one of the few balmy summer evenings we have in Sydney so far this year.

There's talk of cooking a group Sunday roast sometime soon....

Chilled red capsicum soup

Vietnamese rice paper rolls - they had an excellent dipping sauce 
accompanying the rolls

My Thai Fish Salad - it tasted a lot better than the blury photo!

BBQ lamb chops with sweet potato and a beetroot salad

Chocolate brownies from the man that doesn't cook

Flambé action!

Flambéd strawberries with ice cream -
there was a killer chocolate sauce too


  1. Wow - what a fantastic effort by home cooks! <3 the garden setting :)

  2. What a lovely way to spend an evening - I think I'm a little bit jealous (of the friends & food, not the running bit)!

  3. What a great night you must have had! Loving the flambe action!

  4. 5am? Sunday? All this running is cooking your brain

  5. Love the idea of a contributory degustation.

  6. It was a good night amongst the mozzies in Newtown. We must organise that collaborative Sunday roast...and I must start running more.