Lunch at Max's - Scallops, Roast, Potatoes

My work colleague and friend Max and his wife have recently moved into a new place and we popped over for lunch recently. To start, how about the view??

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I know that Max loves his food but I didn't realise how much of kindred spirits we really are. Firstly, his cooking library is extensive and he has many of the titles that I have in mine. But his cooking is fantastic and while we thought we were coming over for a casual lunch he started cooking at 6am!

We started with our homemade wholemeal bread and Tetsuya's truffle butter (those recipes to come soon). That was a good start as the entree was pan seared scallops topped with crispy pancetta, on a bed of creamed corn with truffle oil. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the crispiness of the pancetta really offset the creamed corn.

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The main course was long roasted beef on a bed of vegetables and bay leaves. It had cooked slow and long enough that the bones literally pulled out of the finished roast. The meat just pulled apart with a fork and was very juicy. I'll have to ask for the details of how it remained so juicy after so much time.

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On the side we had some roasted potatoes and a salad. The salad was rocket and baby spinach, roasted pine nuts, lychees (lychees!!), parmesan, and jamon. It was dressed with a lychee vinaigrette. I was so into my meal by this point that I forgot to grab a photo. It was fantastic and the colours and contrasts certainly were unique.

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To finish we had my baked blueberry cheesecakes. That recipe will come soon as well.

We had a great afternoon with amazing food and good friends. It was a hell of a lot of work for Max and his wife but it just goes to show that it's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.