Let’s Do The Twist!

We had an enjoyable Reunion Dinner. During after-dinner coffee, I brought out some berries and nuts from Australia which were given to me and asked my family for their views on the products. I will blog about this later on.

My sister and I share good relationship. Although we do not meet up often, our love for each other is unquestionable. I know she cares and keeps me in her daily prayers. I am thankful for her. When mom announced that she would not be hosting lunch on the first day of Spring, the duty went to my elder sister. We would go to her house. As it happened, when we were departing, I offered, “Why don’t you come to my place for dinner instead?” The deal was sealed instantly.

The following was what happened on the first day of Spring Festival in my household, it was chaotic with the party nearly called off but all went well in the end. There are many twists and turns in life, but keep calm and let’s do the twist! It can be fun. It was fun! My dinner companions stayed till late with the last guest leaving at nearly 7am this morning!

First day of Spring Festival.<br />My children would do the "big bow"as they called it and serve their dad and I tea after offering us some Mandarins.<br />We would then accept their gifts and give them "Hongbao" (packets with token sum of money for good luck).

First day of Spring Festival.
My children would do the “big bow”as they called it and serve their dad and I tea after offering us some Mandarins.
We would then accept their gifts and give them “Hongbao” (packets with token sum of money for good luck).

The pot of tea in picture above was brewed with these ingredients: toasted rice, dried longans, ginger slices, red dates and some rock sugar to taste. Add enough water to make tea and simmer for 45 minutes.

The pot of tea in picture above was brewed with these ingredients: toasted rice, dried longans, ginger slices, red dates and some rock sugar to taste.
Add enough water to make tea and simmer for 45 minutes.

Happy Spring Festival, everyone!

Happy Spring Festival, everyone!

Click on pictures in galleries below to view in full and for some commentary (all non “stand-alone” pictures are inserted into “galleries”):

Vanessa had to go to Sam’s house to visit his parents.  Valerie and Ryan went out with dad to do grocery shopping. I managed to get some rest before we created mayhem in the kitchen.

The madness began after 4pm when we did frantic last minute shopping for groceries. The actual cooking began at 7pm and we had dinner around 9pm.

The madness began after 4pm when we did frantic last minute shopping for groceries.
The actual cooking began at 7pm and we had dinner around 9pm.

What Valerie and Ryan bought (there's more). They'd spent more than S$500, inclusive of alcoholic drinks.

What Valerie and Ryan bought (there’s more).
They’d spent more than S$500, inclusive of alcoholic drinks.

While we were in the kitchen preparing dinner, Ryan fixed up the mini BBQ  kettle.

While we were in the kitchen preparing dinner, Ryan fixed up the mini BBQ kettle.

The cooking began…

I was the potato peeler. The mash was made of boiled Russet Burbank, cream, salt, butter, pepper and topped with crisp pan-fried bacon bits. The mash was made by Valerie.

I was the potato peeler.
The mash was made of boiled Russet Burbank, cream, salt, butter, pepper and topped with crisp pan-fried bacon bits.
The mash was made by Valerie.

From left: Beef, Chicken, Chorizo and Pork Sausages.

From left: Beef, Chicken, Chorizo and Pork Sausages.

We may not be perfect cooks but we sure are great eaters... Everything was polished off clean that night.

We may not be perfect cooks but we sure are great eaters…
Everything was polished off clean that night.

Prepared Jumbo Prawns and Scallop Skewers.

Prepared Jumbo Prawns and Scallop Skewers.

Grilling the Jumbos.

Grilling the Jumbos.

Sam flame grilling the Wagyu.

Sam flame grilling the Wagyu.

Every one wanted medium rare, making it easy for Sam to prepare. A touch of truffle oil added, to enhance the already awesome taste of wagyu.

Every one wanted medium rare, making it easy for Sam to prepare.
A touch of truffle oil added, to enhance the already awesome taste of wagyu.

Kyung holding up the Fish Platter to show the huge plate which will carry the food for our steamboat meal.

Kyung holding up the Fish Platter to show the huge plate which will carry the food for our steamboat meal.

Pork Belly.

Pork Belly.

Sliced paper-thin Beef for "Shabu Shabu" - Japanese term for steamboat.

Sliced paper-thin Beef for “Shabu Shabu” – Japanese term for steamboat.

Cinchalok - a spicy dipping condiment made of preserved salty shrimps and shallots. We had this and Sambal Belachan as dipping condiments for our steamboat meal.

Cinchalok – a spicy dipping condiment made of preserved salty shrimps and shallots.
We had this and Sambal Belachan as dipping condiments for our steamboat meal.

Our Steamboat dinner after the BBQ dishes. The steamboat broth was made of two whole chickens, onions and carrots. No msg, guaranteed!

Our Steamboat dinner after the BBQ dishes.
The steamboat broth was made of two whole chickens, onions and carrots.
No msg, guaranteed!

An assortment of drinks this night.

An assortment of drinks this night.

After dinner, the children played a game of “Mafia”. Seated round the table, everyone drew lots to take up a role. The roles consisted of 2 mafia, 1 doctor, 1 policeman and the rest are civilians. The mafia will kill someone in the night. The doctor would try to save someone, hopefully, the right victim while the policeman tries to investigate and catch the mafia. Something like that. It’s too complicated for me so I stayed out. The children enjoyed the game so much they played till dawn.

I keep calling them children when in fact they are young adults of marriage-able age. I guess they will always be a young child in a parent’s eye. My only nephew, Kenneth, brought his girlfriend along for dinner. Kimmie, my niece, has grown so much and with profound understanding, I can talk “anything under the sky” with her.

My sister and I bonded over a cup of Nescafe at the patio. We reminisced the good old days with fondness.

All in all, we had a great time!

Yup, I checked their ID. All are of legal age to drink, lol...

Yup, I checked their ID.
All are of legal age to drink, lol…

Happy cooking, eating and bonding 🙂

Afterthoughts:
We all woke up late and didn’t have an early CNY tea ceremony and breakfast as practiced.
We weren’t sure if any supermarket was opened for last minute shopping. I called my sister to cancel but she said she didn’t mind coming over even if we didn’t have food. She said, “We’ll nibble on tidbits”.

My children had prior engagements but all came back in time and put on a feast as quickly as they could. They worked without bitching and they worked well as a team.

Blessed are those who wait. And I have waited patiently for this day after 25 years! This is the first CNY meal prepared entirely by my children. I am so proud of them for handling this important dinner so well. They worked efficiently from start to end (cleaning up after). The food presentation was done by Sam Poh.

Thank you, Valerie, Vanessa, Ryan, Sam and Kyung for making this meal memorable!

Thank you Sissy and family, Kyung and Zhenren for partaking this meal with us.

It was too bad my brother could not be here with us (he went away this afternoon). My parents were tired and wanted to rest after hosting us the day before so they didn’t come.

I’m sorry my post is presented in a manner that is quite disorderly – my mind is still reeling with excitement.

This post was titled “Let’s Do The Twist!” because Kenneth shared a picture on Instagram tagged as “Western” Chinese New Year dinner. So we had a twisted Chinese meal, lol…

Hope you had a blessed day too 🙂

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Comments
8 Responses to “Let’s Do The Twist!”
  1. wingedprisms says:

    Wow! I want it all (amazing for me – looks safe) 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Looks like you started the year well with a wonderful family gathering.

  3. Jessica says:

    Glad you had a great New Years! Looks fun and scrumptious!!

  4. Laura Lynn says:

    What a lovely time that sounds like! And the food looks heavenly. Ahhh, that steak had me drooling! So did the pork belly and sausages. Such fatty food but YUM! Sounds like a wonderful time and it was very good of your children to make such a lovely meal! Congratulations on the New Year! Looking forward to may more wonderful posts!

  5. daniellajoe says:

    Congrats Sam!!!! The food and presentation is flawless…..family rocks!!!! 🙂

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