It's Christmas Time!
by Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin - December 9, 2005 Posted: 1:49:35 PM EDT

It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold; 'Peace on the earth, good will to men, From Heaven’s all gracious King.' The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing. ~ A Christmas Carol. 

It's been almost like a tradition at XiMnet to gather at my place for a Christmas dinner every year. It's that time of the year and that feeling is in the air. 

Now, what turns me on this time of the year is the 'culinary explorations' I get to indulge in. I love cooking. I find cooking therapeutic, cathartic even. It's one art-form you get instantaneous response from your 'audience'. Mostly good. You see, nobody can sneer with a belly of good food, yes? I do look forward to the days I could cook more. :-)

This time round, I am thinking of doing Italian and Japanese (imagine great pastas and all kinds of sauces with sushi, tempura and sashimi). I guess I'll throw in BBQ for fun. Put all the gang together with great food, good wine and Michael Buble or Nat King Cole over the stereo and I think we will have a memorable party to end our wonderful year.

And I hope it rains. (Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain...)

OK guys, whoever got my name for gift-sharing, don't buy me a tie-pin again, please? I don't wear a tie to work, right?

P.S. Nong Yuen, you are invited if you bring 2 bottles of chardonnay. '-)

Proposed Menu for Christmas Bash

Appetisers++++++++++++++++++++
Bruschetta/cheese/biscuits
Grilled fruits/vege/seafood
Cream Mushroom & Clam Chowder (Home-made with fresh ingredients)
Salads

Main Course++++++++++++++++++
Spaghetti Aglio/Vongole
Sushi/Tempura/Sashimi
Grilled Salmon & Seafood BBQ

Drinks+++++++++++++++++++++++
Chardonnays/Cabernet Sauvignon/Ice Wine (courtesy of Nong Yuen, ya?)
Perky cocktails

Desserts++++++++++++++++++++++
Ice-cream
Mixed tropical fruits

Yep, no turkeys for me. Turkeys are overrated. I would be happy doing herb-flavored roast-duck but let's save that for Chinese New Year.

3 Comment(s) Link to this blog

Flodo Baggins said...

Pasta vongole?!  Yumyumyum!

9/12/2005 


MayaKirana said...

Sounds yummy. You're right. Who can sneer with a bellyful of food and beer? ;-) Merry Christmas to you. Keep on ranting. ;-)

22/12/2005 


Chief Alchemist a.k.a Wiley Chin said...

Hi Maya, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May your toils bring you a great harvest in 2006.

"-)

Wiley

22/12/2005 


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Wiley Chin
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