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Love to be in front of the camera, but sometimes hidden behind it. Never ending passion for food & fitness. Hope you enjoy my journey!

ON THE TABLE AT HOME.

ON THE TABLE AT HOME.

What is life without salad?

RECIPE FROM HOME.

A one time dinner event hosted by Ploy "On The Table At Home by Danielle Graham" (more like on the table at Ploy) is a 5 course culinary journey of Japanese & Thai dishes curated by the talented mom & model, Danielle Graham, for us to sample her recipes from the cookbook she just launched. 

We were served a glass of Grand Vin De Bordeaux Chateau Tertre Cabaron 2012 upon arrival. It's a glass of red wine. 

My partner and I felt lost for a moment because when the staff called to explain about the event he said "the dinner starts at 7:30pm" and said "food cooked by Danielle". So our expectation for the dinner was Danielle making her dishes, some if not all, in front of the guests, and probably talk about her recipe or her cookbook. Nope, nothing. Dinner starts at 7:30pm means they start serving food anytime from 7:30pm onwards, and food was made in Ploy's kitchen with Danielle no where to be seen and only to arrive later. The disappointment is real.

The serving time was quite efficient. Loverboy and I managed to enjoy our meal despite time constrain because we had to excuse ourselves by 9pm.

And yes! I bought a copy of her cookbook. We had a nice chat and she introduced her personal trainer (whom loverboy knows! fitness circle is quite small aye?) and her legendary acupuncturist (owns/works in a shop in Publika) to usWhich reminded me I need to get my back look at ASAP. (too many crazy playtime with my yogis

First page of the menu

First page of the menu

I selected the red wine. It was good.

I selected the red wine. It was good.

Teaser of one of the recipe in her cookbook on the last page of the menu.

Teaser of one of the recipe in her cookbook on the last page of the menu.

Miso soup with salmon and shimeji mushroom. Light miso flavour which is just perfect. I make my own spicy salmon soup at home (yes, this island girl love the burn!) so this is a familiar taste for the both of us. Very homely indeed.

Miso soup with salmon and shimeji mushroom. Light miso flavour which is just perfect. I make my own spicy salmon soup at home (yes, this island girl love the burn!) so this is a familiar taste for the both of us. Very homely indeed.

The mini appetisers.

The mini appetisers.

Chicken karaage. Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, supposedly, but the outside ain't crispy (I love my crispy food!). Yes, this recipe is available on the last page of the menu. Very juicy, I would say. Also because it's chicken thigh.

Chicken karaage. Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, supposedly, but the outside ain't crispy (I love my crispy food!). Yes, this recipe is available on the last page of the menu. Very juicy, I would say. Also because it's chicken thigh.

Spinach Ohitashi. The word ohitashi means soaked . . this side dish is spinach soaked in dashi broth.

Spinach Ohitashi. The word ohitashi means soaked . . this side dish is spinach soaked in dashi broth.

Fish cakes with cucumber and coriander relish. It is all about the texture and spices and she got it right! This fish cake is made using snapper fillet.

Fish cakes with cucumber and coriander relish. It is all about the texture and spices and she got it right! This fish cake is made using snapper fillet.

Roast lamb shoulder with asian-style mint sauce and mashed potatoes. Smokey sweet lamb combined with the sweet and spicy sauce. My taste buds were dancing indulging this dish. It .. Was .. Absolutely .. Perfect! The texture, flavour and doneness was lit. (this is a legit time to use lit, right?)

Roast lamb shoulder with asian-style mint sauce and mashed potatoes. Smokey sweet lamb combined with the sweet and spicy sauce. My taste buds were dancing indulging this dish. It .. Was .. Absolutely .. Perfect! The texture, flavour and doneness was lit. (this is a legit time to use lit, right?)

I love it when my food looks pretty, it just makes you happy, doesn't it? The mashed potato is really good.

I love it when my food looks pretty, it just makes you happy, doesn't it? The mashed potato is really good.

Thai beef salad. What a simple looking dish that burst with flavour! The description of the dish said rare beef but there was nothing rare about the beef served to me. Its tangy and spicy, and surprisingly refreshing.

Thai beef salad. What a simple looking dish that burst with flavour! The description of the dish said rare beef but there was nothing rare about the beef served to me. Its tangy and spicy, and surprisingly refreshing.

Close up on the supposedly rare beef on my salad, because it's such a mini chunk I was worried that you missed it in the big picture.

Close up on the supposedly rare beef on my salad, because it's such a mini chunk I was worried that you missed it in the big picture.

Japanese Ploycake. Yes you read it right, by Ploy, not Danielle. How disappointing, I was eager to see what dessert she would make at home. I'm not saying this dessert is disappointing, this jiggly and fluffy cheesecake wiggle its way to my heart and tummy.

Japanese Ploycake. Yes you read it right, by Ploy, not Danielle. How disappointing, I was eager to see what dessert she would make at home. I'm not saying this dessert is disappointing, this jiggly and fluffy cheesecake wiggle its way to my heart and tummy.

Beautiful texture.

Beautiful texture.

One with Danielle herself. Purchased a signed copy of her cookbook, and thank you for signing on the menu as well.

One with Danielle herself. Purchased a signed copy of her cookbook, and thank you for signing on the menu as well.

This passed as a good date night.

This passed as a good date night.

Loverboy enjoying his meal.

Loverboy enjoying his meal.

One with the woman who make awesome food at home. It was really nice meeting you.

One with the woman who make awesome food at home. It was really nice meeting you.

Good wine, good life. helloooo wine lovers!

Good wine, good life. helloooo wine lovers!

The autography corner where the cookbook is being displayed for sale.

The autography corner where the cookbook is being displayed for sale.

I can't say my experience was entirely pleasant. When I express my interest to purchase a cookbook, the staff make me wait for a long time, they need to call Danielle over to the autograph counter so that she can do the autograph ritual (you know .. the signing, posing and photo taking). I saw her entertaining her VIP guests and the waiter did not approach her in till I ask them for the 3rd time. A moment later he return, grab a book from the table and signal me to wait. That was when I became furious. She was at the counter for autograph each time someone wants to purchase her cook, and now that there friends around you don't put customer first? Every single paying customer/fan deserves an equal treatment, no? I don't know whose idea is it, it might be the waiter's, I didn't ask. I was quite upset, then Danielle came over and she charmed me with her friendly personality.

Let's hope I make good use of her cookbook, or maybe loverboy might cook for me someday? Fat hope! For someone like myself who love making food, I already love the idea that all the recipe is what she would make at home. Just like Crissy Teigen's cookbook! 

I am inspired to make my own recipe book! Who knows? I might be great at it too! 

THAI ODYSSEY.

THAI ODYSSEY.

POKE BOWL.

POKE BOWL.