You would have seen two ChillaxBBQ blogs for the crew cooking for David’s birthdays the past two years. Well this time it is Mr Knibbs who decides to take up the mantle and organise a rather special dinner for a few friends and family. It’s Portuguese/Spanish from what I can surmise from the snippets of intel he has been releasing. It’s exciting. We can’t wait. Armed with a GIGANTIC bottle of bubbles, we go to experience A dinner @ His Knibbs.
Here is the Master Chef hard at work. Adorned in Joe Bananas t-shirt. He’s a natural.
I wore a rather bright shirt too this night.
“Where did you buy yours?” Knibbsy asked me.
“Guess!” I said.
“Oh I don’t know, Zara or somewhere like that!” Said Knibbsy.
“No Guess!” I said.
“I did!” said Knibbsy.
I start snooping the pots and pans. Here is the starter. This rustic looking dish is a bubbling away, and there is some interesting green liquid sitting nearby too – more of this one in a minute. Ooooh, exciting! I asked him what the beans were. He said “Cannellini!” I thought to myself, never heard of Lini beans and for sure that looks like more than a can!
The kids were having fun too. Still awaiting the arrival of The Archers at moment. Tow more to come then!
Here’s the four of them again! Jude spent most of the night chasing dogs round and round. Yeah I think he seriously wants one!!!
First up is Mr Knibbs homemade focaccia bread with sun dried tomato. Bloody brilliant. Served with some balsamic and olive oil. Salty, sweet, savoury all in one. Crispy and sift, all in one too. He’s started strong!
Kids eat first – a selections of delicious sausages and burgers, with a rather spanking pesto and parmesan salad to boot. You lucky kids! Archers now here too – full party.
This one is getting a lot of attention from me. This is a pork shoulder dish that Knibbsy keeps getting in and out of the oven. Lid on, lid off. Bubble bubble. Reducing away. Things keep popping to the top – olives as you can see in this shot. Oh yes. This look superb!
MaterChef is plating up #1 – here comes that starter. Whoop whoop!!!
And here she is. Sourdough lightly toasted, a drizzle of olive oil, and then the Cannellini bean soup. This has been slow cooked, with added lardons and other secrets in there. Remember the green liquid. Well that folks was a rosemary oil reduction. Flavour pops all over with this dish – seriously nice!
Working ever so hard bless him. Everyone banned from the kitchen too! Thanks again Knibbsy!
And here is the main dish. Trying to remember, and also making a guess or two. OK peas with lardon and butter. Parmesan mash. And that stunning pork shoulder stew. KNOCKOUT. Best thing! Fall apart meat. Salty, sweet, savoury – again flavour explosions everywhere. Bottle of wine in there. Onions, cinnamon I heard too.Absolutely stellar!!! Amaze-balls. And yes Knibbsy it did in deed have some relationship to The Philippines dish Adobo. Quite incredible!!!
MONSTER cheese board from The Archers. Holy cow. Yep it’s somewhere under all the ripped bread – only about 8 blocks or so. Great work as always Chris at The Cheese Shop @ Joo Chiat. Never ceases to impress. Some crackers in here – good choices Lukey.
Finally dessert. Now Mr Archer went very vocal on this that it tasted of nothing. Mr Knibbs defended saying he had never made it before. I think it looked seriously good. Loved the layers and the quenelle of cream. Simple when plated but looked good. I had a taste, it was there, but needed a little ‘lift’. Luckily we had just has an Amaretto snifter served. I poured a little of that over and BOOM what a difference. There you go Knibbsy, it was like seasoning a main dish, just add alcohol ha ha. Real nice, but his strongest dish was that pork shoulder – DAMNED FINE it has to be said!
Dinner is done, well least the amazing fair from Mr Knibbs. We still had a monster cheese platter to come from Mr Archer. A cracker David, truly mate great work. A dinner @ His Knibbs, was an awesome affair indeed. But for a breather, David goes and collects this game called ‘Speak Up’. Sounds harmless. Designed for kids and parents. Again sounds harmless enough – just watch the video. I think ALL us adults had some pee stains in our pants and knickers when we got home. Hysterical!!!
So Dave and Marissa we cannot thank you enough. Adults and kids alike had a BALL thank you. We loved A dinner @ His Knibbs. Sorry we had to depart when we did – kids were on last legs, and yet another party today for Amy. It was a cracking meal mate, and such such fun – especially that stupid game. Goodness me. Seems we have Archer’s next in November. Then it will be my turn, and I’ll be turning my hand to fine dining away from ChillaxBBQ style. Should be interesting. If I do do that, I hope like we did at yours, that all – ENJOY!!!