We had dinner in Alamo with Gemma's family on New Year's day.
So, if you haven't already figured out that Filipino and Hawaiian people like to serve a lot of food when they get together, we've got another example for you. (Plus, it was New Years Day, so spending the day with family and having plenty to eat is meant to set the tone for the rest of the year.)
This time Gemma did a lot of cooking. Murray did a lot of prepping - he's a wiz with a knife, if we do say so ourselves.
-Black eyed peas with ham hocks and ham shanks. We were going to serve it with Murray's creamy cornbread, made with cream, fresh corn and poblano chiles but we didn't have any cornmeal so we went another route. We had black eyed peas Brazilian/Feijoada style. http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/Beans-and-Meat
Which means we served orange slices and deep fried julienned collard greens. Big hit with the family. We think it was because of the deep fried collards. (Images of the collard greens before and after being fried.)
-Arroz Caldo, chicken and rice soup, but this time we made the "soup" much thicker and browned the chicken, so it was almost like risotto.
-Pancit, by now most of the folks that who this thread know what that is. Bean thread noodles with sauteed carrots, celery, onions, cabbage, lop cheon (Chinese pork sausage), kamakobo (Japanese fish cake) and shrimp balls.
Murray made roasted pears with goat cheese, similar to what we had at the Tavern at Lark Creek a few nights before. Big hit too. (Image of the pears and goat cheese before they were roasted.)
He also grilled these gigantic portobello mushrooms that he had marinated in balsamic vinegar and shallots. Another big hit.
We started the evening with a fruit and cheese plate, with the same yummy truffle triple cream cheese that we had for Christmas. There was also a sundried tomato, pesto and cheese terrine.
Also on the table was roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry chutney, roasted winter vegetables and jai (it's a Chinese vegetarian dish wit noodles traditionally served on Chinese lunar new year, but they thought, "What the hay?" and served it up.)
Dessert was a strawberry ice cream cake with fresh strawberries and caramel sauce.