I guess our entertaining season has started. We have invited R's family (2 adults and 4 kids) to lunch this afternoon and I've issued separate invitations to 3 separate groups of ladies for (1)Moms' Breakfast, (2) Asian Mothers' Pot Luck and (3) Francophone Ladies' Lunch. All that's for weekdays (till mid-March) and on weekends, we'll have Hub's Italian colleagues, other expat families etc over for more meals. So I'll be very busy.
Saturday was thus spent shopping for food. Bio bread, cheese, meat and fruit from the wet market in Modena, rice paper from the Chinese shop and cooked prawns, free-range chickens etc from the Leclerc supermarket. I've decided to make Fried Wontons for apperitif, Vietnamese Raw Salad Spring Rolls (this time with cooked prawns) to start, with Coriander and Chilli Prawns and Hainanese Chicken Rice as mains. We had Gongonzola and Camembert for cheese and R brought a chocolate cake for dessert. Finally, for tea we had the macarons I made the other day. Needless to say, there were champagne, red wines, sweet white wine etc.
The guests seemed satisfied enough and kindly told us that they would like to invite us for a meal at their place too. Though with the F1 Season starting again soon, it'd be hard to manage. On a positive note, R is seriously thinking of bringing her 4 kids to Singapore in August which makes a local girl like me proud to know that my ambassorial efforts have come to fruition. M (R's Hub) also didn't seem to forget his promise to get my parents tickets to the F1 race in Singapore. I am quite contented, of course.
Coming out of the wet market in Modena, we decided to have lunch and not finding a table at the very popular trattoria Aldina, decided to eat at another one (more chic and more expensive) known as Cervetta.
The Duck Ragu Pasta was very good and the desserts looked more edible here than in most other places. The chocolate cake turned out to be a Torta Barozzi. The Italians in the region are very proud of this chocolate-coffee cake, but very seriously I thought it tasted just like this cake I failed a few months ago when I accidentally added too much coffee into my chocolate cake. Didn't take any pictures though, somehow not in the mood. Pasta is after all still pasta.
Via Cervetta, 7
Tel : 059 220500