Demona: I cleared off the last few days of my annual leaves, and took a week break to visit Dogma in Singapore. I arrived on Christmas Eve night, and when I got home, Dogma surprised me with one of the most interesting Christmas dinners I’d ever had!
Demona: He came into the room with this plate. Filled with pieces of chunky ham, a fried salmon patty, a slice of lemon, a chunky slice of brie and some mayonaise and mustard. They looked really tasty! My tummy was growling like thunder in a storm already!
Demona: Dogma bought a pack of rye bread from IKEA. I had seen this before in IKEA, KL but had never tasted it.
Demona: This was how it looked like. It was powdery on the surface, had an extremely crunchy texture, it was dry and bland, similar to a cracker. The nature of this rye bread made it really suitable for the dishes Dogma had prepared.
Demona: Dogma also bought a tube of crab roe as a spread for the rye bread. Everything was written in Swedish.
Demona: The crab roe spread on the piece of crispy rye bread was an excellent combination! The spread was very flavourful, salty, and the taste of the crab meat was intense. It was definitely easy to eat this since you could control the amount of roe depending on how much you want. Doesn’t this look extremely yummy from up close?
Demona: This was a pack of thinly sliced smoked salmon meat with peppers and chillies. It was pretty spicy and salty, but the meat was a little too dry. The portion per pack was very big. We could not finish it.
Demona: The salmon patty which was fried by Dogma, then drizzled over with some lemon juice tasted really delicious! The patty was around an inch thick, making every bite just, plain juicy and lovely! The patty could be used to create an awesome seafood burger.
Demona: With a little piece of rye bread, a thinly sliced smoked salmon, and a small cut of creamy brie, spells KA-BOOM!
Chateau Les Palais 1999: should be around 50sgd.
Demona: I was given the honour by Dogma to open this wine bottle to complement our Christmas dinner. For further elaboration on the wine, I shall let Dogma take over the post review.
Dogma: Another gem from Lebenaton. The wine exhibit sign of age with its reduced dark redness. Strong hints of herbal and juicy fruits on the nose supported by some leather saddle. The nose and palate are all about smoothness. Harmony from front to end palate. Some tertiary herbal note at the end palate as well. It is not a multilayered complex wine but well made nevertheless.
Demona: The ABBA Lumpfish Roe was another great product bought by Dogma from IKEA. I had no idea what a lumpfish is, thus I googled it and found out that they are small marine fishes found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific oceans.
The roe of larger species is used extensively in Danish cuisine as well as a delicious and affordable alternative to the wildly expensive caviar.
The roe was an excellent accompaniment to the rye bread, cheese, salmon, and crab roe! Delicious! At least, they did not smell over fishy and they were not too salty.
Demona: Another up close pict with a small piece of rye bread spread with brie and lumpfish roe. Speechless. Ultimate deliciousness.
Demona: After dinner, we moved on to desserts and chips and played a movie, 881. (The calorie meter had busted its scales).
Demona: This was our first time trying out this brand of chips as we usually get the Ruffles, Lays or Doritos. (These chips are so much more cheaper here! They cost twice as much in Malaysia)
Although, they looked really peculiar for consumption due to the bright blue colour, but once you had popped, you could not stop! Each chip was very crunchy, with a nice starchy taste to it and it was not very salty. No, our tongues did not turn blue alright.
Demona: Dogma pleasantly surprised me by showing me two tubs of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the freezer! SLURPS!
I chose the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour.
Demona: I told Dogma ,”One spoonful, one spoonful only”. Next thing I knew, half a tub went flowing into our tummies. He had to stop me from finishing it by taking the spoon away. GRRRRRRRRRR.
The ice cream was sweet, creamy, and I JUST LOVE ice cream with some added chewiness very much eg: chocolate chips, nuts, cheese cake bits, cookie bits, brownie chunks etc. However, I think Haagan-Daz has a better rendition of this flavour. Nevertheless, it was HEAVENLY. I was flying. I was beamed with sugar high happiness.
Verdict: A simple, home cooked Christmas dinner with sincere efforts by someone dear to you, enjoying every bite of food with full comfort in your PJs, faint christmas carol songs playing on the laptop, and a toast with a glass of lovely wine to wish one another at midnight.
This was by far, one of the most memorable christmas celebrations I ever had. A seafood fishy one too!