A small teaser-preview…

Boy, am I pooped out!

I’ve been working non-stop in the kitchen today, prepping for tomorrow’s big dinner event. Chopping, slicing, whipping, creaming, tasting (hee), mixing…That’s a lot of workout there! So far I’ve managed to make everything on the menu ahead of time except the omu-pilaf and the Cheese-baked pumpkin Mac & Cheese.

Tomorrow will be lots of pictures, but let me pamper you with a teaser preview of just one of the menu item…

Baked Potato Cake

  • 2.2lbs (1 kg) potatoes
  • about 3 cups mixed frozen peas, carrots, and corn cubes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 4 oz shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large yolks
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper
  • about 4 thick-sliced chicken ham
  • 4 long chicken hotdogs
  • 6 tablespoons dry whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

I first boiled, peeled, and mashed all the potatoes…
Meanwhile I cooked the mixed vegetables until tender…
I dumped in Parmesan, cheddar cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, cinnamon, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes…

Mixed it all up…
And then dumped in the cooked vegetables…
After mixing the whole thing together, I got a 9-inch springform pan and layered it with parchment paper. Then I layered half the potato mixture into it:
Next I covered it with chicken ham and hotdogs…
Spooned the rest of the potato mixture on top and topped the whole thing off with breadcrumbs and drizzled olive oil all over…
Into a 376 degree oven it went, and out it came piping hot and smelling oh-so-cheesy!
The fragrance screamed out “COMFORT FOOD” to me. I was comforted by its lovely aroma…but sad that I couldn’t try it today. No, I must resist the temptation! I will wait till tomorrow…
Oh, and I added one more item to the menu. I decided to make two desserts so that my banana cake-loving friends can compare the two. Anticipate, this one’s a winner: Frozen mango cream cake!!!

The fabulous Ellie tagged me a while ago, but I didn’t get the chance to post my 8 things until now:

8 Things I’m Looking Forward To:

  1. Tomorrow’s big dinner!
  2. Meeting my family and friends once again in USA
  3. Meeting my cousins on my way back to USA in Korea
  4. Breaking the bank in Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s the minute I arrive on American soil
  5. The next meal
  6. Reading comments to my blog
  7. Receiving my decision letter from Univeristy of Southern California (or dreading it…)
  8. Last but not least…Having my hair all back, my bootie back, my A-size boobs back (hey it’s better than completely non-existent)

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

  1. Woke up
  2. Ate
  3. Pooped
  4. Proofread my cousin’s essay
  5. Mashed and boiled potatoes for the Potato Cake
  6. Baked banana chocolate chip cake (yawn!~)
  7. Blogged
  8. Did some preparations for my testimony in front of the whole church on May 3rd (nervous…)

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

  1. Backpack across Europe
  2. Go back to college (Oh please, please…)
  3. Dance hip-hop
  4. Speak with a natural British accent
  5. Twirl on ice (or any kind of jaw-dropping stunts)
  6. Be an influential journalist
  7. Fight like Jackie Chan and Jet Lee and look cool while doing it
  8. Run a marathon

8 Shows I Watch:

  1. Ugly Betty
  2. Desperate Housewives
  3. Top Chef
  4. Grey’s Anatomy
  5. Heroes
  6. Lost
  7. Gossip Girl
  8. America’s Next Top Model (hide face in shame)

I’m hungry…I think I overdid myself today. I’m gonna head over to the kitchen again (groan) now to feed my growling stomach…

Question of the day: Have you ever organized or cooked a dinner for a party? What was the menu, how did you do the preparations, and how many people were there? Oh, and if you have never done it before, would you be interested to?

P.S. Life, love, violin is having a great giveaway! What? I’m not telling, go head over to see for yourselves!

66 responses to “A small teaser-preview…

  1. I love the idea of entertaining – I just haven’t had the time with school to actually pull one off. My house has hosted potluck dinners/cocktail drinking, and this is a ton of fun. We whipped up a few of our favorite (and easiest) dishes and it was so interesting to see what everyone else brought along. Plus we got to keep the leftovers!

  2. Why in the world would you be ashamed of watching ANTM?! I freakin love that show and I will shout it to the world!! haha

  3. I planned a dinner party when I was in college for ALL the girls in my pledge class for my sorority!!! Chicken parmesan and garlic bread!!

  4. Haha, I love ANTM too! That dish looks fantastic and the new dessert sounds FAB! Great answers! <3 jess :)

  5. The baked potato cake looks so pretty — it’s so colorful!!

    If you’re hiding in shame for watching ANTM, I should be too… I love that show. Hee hee.

    As for the “dinner party” … yes, I have done it far too many times, and I will continue to do it far too many times, due to the surplus of holidays and the extremely large size of my family!!!

  6. That potato cake definitely screams COMFORT FOOD! Frozen mango cream cake sounds insanely good too!

    I’ve hosted a few dinner parties over the years, but I can’t even recall what was served at most of them. I do remember one where I made lots of tapas because I’d just gotten a new tapas cookbook. I do love cooking for friends!! My table seats six, so I try not to go too crazy for a sit down meal!

  7. Your party will be fabulous!

    You’re “* things” were enjoyable to read.

  8. Great lists of 8!! That is one interesting cake :)

    Whenever I host dinner parties I always have SO much food left over it’s insane! I over cook and then eat leftovers for a week!

  9. Wonderul 8 things!

    Baked potato cake?? yum! : )

  10. Your list of 8’s just made me love you more!
    Anyone who writes “poop” is my soul mate. I’m the TMI queen and make everyone uncomfortable talking about it. My boyfriend always asks how I end up getting into such conversations with people.
    And we also have the same ANTM shame. :)

  11. I ate the same salad for tea aswell lol it was so yummy and sumery! That baked potato cake sounds really interesting.. wonder if I could veganise it!

  12. Wow I am tired just reading about how busy you are! I LOVE your potato cake, anything with hot dogs is great in my book!

  13. holy cow, I got exhausted just reading your post – you crammed more in one day than most folks

  14. You are hilarious! I loved your lists of 8’s! That makes two of us being ahsamed for watching ANTM. I got hooked with the first couple of seasons which, honestly, weren’t that terrible. But now it has become this tacky awful thing and I hate myself for not being able to stop bloody watching!!!! AHHHHHH
    I’ve been catering for a while now. Small functions mainly, up to 50 people. I have a couple of events coming up, a wedding, a charity fundraiser, a dinner party and akid’s birthday party. OK, that’s more than a couple. I’m super busy at work right now, so cannot extend myself with the menu, but if you ever need any ideas, let me know, I just LOVE menu-planning!!
    Good luck with the continued prepping/cooking! You potato cake looks great, so I’m sure the rest of the dishes will just come out perfect! Let us know how it went :)

  15. LOVED the list of 8 things you did yesterday. yay for you telling your testimony – scary but awesome!

  16. The potato cake is looking good! Can’t wait to see more!

  17. As for the couscous, I don’t have any stellar recipes, but you should try it. It’s like eating a cloud (of grains). I’m sort of wing-it in the kitchen chef as you’ve probably noticed. But I find couscous pares well with most things. It’s also super easy and takes less than 10 minutes to cook. I just put a serving on with a cup of water and wait til the water evaporates and then usually stick it on a salad, or slater it with pasta sauce and fixings.

  18. I love potatoes. I have to make the potato cake soon…

    I used to have big parties quite often and cooked for days, making everything from scratch, dealing with too little space in the fridge, being totally exhausted…

    Now, I still like to have lots of people over but I have scaled back a lot. I make one main dish, usually some sort of pasta dish and a big salad. The other stuff is pretty low key (and I buy most of it ready made): cheeses, veggies with some dips, guacamole, salsa, chips, fruit salad…

  19. I love that “poop” is on your list of things you did today. It’s one of my favorite activities. Is that weird?

    I have hosted a great dinner party. I served bruschetta and toasted baguette for the appetizer. I made stuffed pork chops, rice pilaf, and a vegetable (can’t remember what kind) for dinner. There were lots of cocktails involved — it was New Year’s Eve. Someone else brought dessert. I can’t even remember what it was. All I remember is that we went to Denny’s at 3am and I ate pancakes. Ha.

  20. Simple — but so exquisite recipe of potato cake, nice the hot dogs lurking inside :)
    The taggs are funny and descriptive:

    Harder to speak as Brit my accent is South American
    Lol with Jackie Chan good comedian and martial art expert!
    Run a marathon done, but in a different way, because I ran longer distances but no all together.


  21. want my accent? it’s a combination of Scottish/English/American! (Scottish when I am angry, English when I am explaining things and American dotted inbetween…confuses people!)

    I am craving hotdogs now… :P

    I haven’t organised a dinner party myself, but have ended up doing the majority of the cooking for a couple big family dinners. More stressful than fun when your mom is standing over you criticising/stressing!

  22. That baked potato bake looks so very clever! I think I may try it and sneak some veggies in on the homegirls. Looking forward to your posts from your big feast and welcome back to the USA!!!!!

  23. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)
    A zip line is a steel cable that you are attached to and you “zip” from tree to tree hanging from it above ravines and high places. check out the link on zip lines on my blog entry and it will have pics. :)
    Oh, the frozen soft pretzels are very yum. Maybe not as good as Annie’s but still a nice treat and far fewer calories.

  24. I have never heard of this baked potato cake but I know my whole family would love it.

    I want to backpack through Europe too!

  25. heheh…farny la u!
    poop is one of the fav thing i do..felt weird if i skip a day! LOL.
    cant wait to see the rest of wat u got planned. myself for a party i will def hv sandwiches..mayb cos i luvv bread!

  26. I’ve cooked a dinner party before — it was a buffet with appetizers, lasagnas, salads, a potato dish, a rice dish, a vegetarian ‘loaf’, a ham, and dessert….for 14 people.

  27. My, you are one busy bee!
    I love the idea of that potato cake; I might have to try a vegetarian version. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Good luck with your big dinner party. I look forward to seeing your photos. :-)

  28. Thanks for the preview! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post! The potato bake looks fantastic – can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve for the big dinner party event! Keep creating,

  29. I love reading those little questionnaires, you really learn a lot about people that way, and I love ANTM too!

    I’ve done a lot of dinner parties, but one of my favorites was a casual lunch I did for about 40 people. I made 4 HUGE sandwiches with foccacia bread the size of a cookie sheet, split width wise and stuffed with meat, cheese and veggies. It was so good and a lot of fun!

  30. That dinner tomorrow sounds like ti’s going to rock with all that food.

    Funny reading all your 8 things. LOL. You and I agree on a lot of the same things on the “wish I could be”,”tv shows I watch” and “looking forward to”

  31. Don’t be ashamed of ANTM. It’s awesome!

  32. You’re so cute! I think the biggest party I did was for my BS graduation party. I absolutely love organizing things like that and we had a ton of things to eat. I even made the cake with a diploma scroll on the top. We prepped everything at our little apt and then had to truck it over to a friends house. I think we had at least 30 people there with all kinds of things from the grill, appetizers, pastas, etc. etc. It was so much fun and I love the stress and rush of those kinds of things and seeing the look of amazement and satisfaction on everyone’s face, i want to go to culinary school!

  33. I love ANTM! Be proud!!! Yum yum, can’t wait to see the mango cream cake :]

  34. Sounds like you have quite the dinner on your hands tomorrow! Good luck and good luck with USC!

  35. i hope your dinner party goes fabulously!!!

    ive never hosted my own dinner party.. but I would definitely love to. most likely id be stressed out cooking for everyone but their appreciative comments afterward would definitely make me smile :D

    i cant wait to see all the pictures of the food you made!!

  36. “Pooped” <— LOL! You’re a goof. That potato cake creation is so colorful, comfort food indeed! FROZEN MANGO CAKE? OMNOMNOM! I wish I had a natural British accent too!! I watch almost all of the shows you do, but that’s probably just a testament to the fact that I watch far too much TV!

    Good luck with the rest of your dinner prep! I know you’ll pull it off! I LOVE cooking/baking, and this past Thanksgiving I did the whole meal! Yes, this vegan was elbow deep in a WHOLE TURKEY, gettin dirrrtay for the sake of my carnivorous family! LOl!

  37. Baked Potato cake is such an interesting idea you’ll have to let us know how it tastes! (though I am sure its amazing since you made it)

  38. Frozen mango cream cake sounds to die for!

    Any chance on a recipe? A pic at least?



  39. I took a nice satisfying poop yesterday as well ;) just thought I’d let you know.

    Oh man, I so wish I was coming to your get together…that little teaser definitely did some teasin’! I cannot WAIT to see the rest :)

    Personally I’ve never planned a menu, but I would SO be interested in it! It sounds like a lot of work (I have tons of respect for you and your love of the kitchen, by the way), but I know it’d be so worth it for everyone’s tastebuds in the end. I think I’d like making the desserts the best!

    Have a lovely day! Get some eats in that belly!


  40. wow, i’ve never seeen anything like that potato cake thingy.

    if you want to speak with an english accent i have some tips for you (my part of australia sounds more like nicole kidman than steve irwin and i’m half english).

    plant = plarrnt
    naughty = norrty
    ass = arse

    say bother, shag and belt up (means shut up) and you’ll be half way there.

  41. Your cake sounds so interesting! It looks very kid-friendly.

    I’ve never planned a whole menu. Usually if I have a party I make it a potluck thing – I make the main dish and have other people bring other dishes. I think a theme potluck would be fun. Like all Mexican dishes, or all orange or red dishes. So many ways you could do it.

  42. I love your comforting potato cake! I can’t say I have ever thrown my own party! I need to change that. I would love it!

  43. This is such a unique idea! I don’t like hot dogs but I would totally substitute chicken sausage for them. It’s like a cake version of a shepherd’s pie! This makes me so excited to see the recipes for the rest of the menu (i.e. the mango cake recipe).
    I love the MEME. I am an ANTM fan as well! Who do you want to win this season? I think Celia’s going to win, but I love Allison and Fo.

    I have never planned a WHOLE menu but I’ve taken to contributing a side dish at family functions. It’s my secret way of incorporating butternut squash/sweet potatoes/eggplant into menus that I’m usually not thrilled about. And typically, they end up being huge hits. So far I’ve surved them a mashed butternut squash gratin, a tomato and string bean tian with a balsamic reduction, and broccoli rabe.

  44. I couldn’t imagine what a baked potato cake would look like when I saw the title of your post…it looks wonderful!!! So unique! Love it!

  45. Oh my gosh, hot dogs!! I love it!

    Whenever I entertain, I always plan a menu that utilizes as few pots as possible. So, maybe a big pot of stew, or a simple casserole!

  46. That looks amazing. Kudos to you for not slicing into it immediately, I would be sorely tempted! Hehe we watch a lot of the same shows. I love ANTM I have to confess although we are so behind in cycles here in Australia.

  47. i can’t wait to see the photos of your dinner party! i’m sure it’s going to be absolutely fantastic!

  48. Who needs fondant and frosting when you can indulge in a baked potato cake instead? Pass the hot dogs, please. ;)

  49. those hot dogd scare me. lol!

    good luck on the admission letter- my fingers are crossed for you!

  50. The last big dinner party I had was over the holidays – for about 30 people (including kids). Of course, I barely enjoyed the party (but I did take a little break to dance). I was preparing for a week because I insisted on making everything myself. In the end it turned out great (but my knees hurt for a few days after being on my feet so long). I was fine with it though – I considered it a battle wound :)

  51. Except for the hotdogs, that “cake” looks so, so good! You’re amazing for food inspiration!

  52. Yeep! What a busy bee you are, Sophia. I’d be totally pooped, too. (Methinks you should whip up summa dat “pooptastic” stuff you had awhile back. yUm. =D)

    Looks like you got a LOT of cake on your menu – both savory and sweet!
    Can’t wait to see how the mango one turns out. Acos mangos = <3

    Yes! I watch Heroes, too. Lovin’ the last few episodes – Sylar is mah favoriteee.

    Anyhow. I’m sorry about your rough experience with steel cut oats. Mine were actually dry, not frozen, and I cooked ’em in the micro. Turned out lovely and chewy. Mhmmm.

    Hope you have a fantastic partay! Luff ya tonz <3

  53. WELL… when I was a wee lil’ Nancy, I used to host tea parties…with my stuffed animals and dolls. I would have my mom bake me little cakes and treats for my “tea party” and then I would tell my “friends” that I prepared the food myself. And then I would end up eating the things myself. What a weird little thing I was.

  54. What a surprise those hot dogs are! A good surprise, I bet…

  55. Wow, that potato cake is totally creative, and it looks delicious! I can’t wait to see the frozen mango dessert, too! I love dinner parties–the last one I had was pretty informal: lasagna, bread, and a strawberry shortcake. It’s been a while, actually!

  56. Hells yeah for getting yo booty and boobs back!!

    Cheesy potato-y hot dog baked potato cake sounds like such an awesome combination of comfort food flavors. Ahhh, yummm!

  57. omg potato cake? you’re a genius, you really really are! can’t wait to see the whole party spread- i’m sure it’ll be amazing!

  58. Good luck with all the prep for the dinner! I’m prepping tonight for a dinner I’m doing tomorrow :) pics should be up by next week.

  59. Can you save me some leftovers tomorrow? That baked potato cake is heavenly… and I am already bubbling with anticipation for your next post!!! Make sure you take lots of pictures of the cakes especially…

    And in answer to your question, I would be far too nervous to ever hold a dinner party though I think that it I could cook, it would be great fun!

  60. You have been busy cooking! All of the things you made sound fantastic! I’m sure the dinner party will be fabulous tomorrow!
    Fun list of 8s, too!

    And thanks for the shout out to my giveaway! :)

  61. (Falls over in dead faint. Random mummurings can be heard from swooning lips) Potatos…corn…hot dogs…chicken… in a cake….must eat delicious meat cake….when…come…for…dinner, O’ Queen of Dinner Party?

  62. What I wouldn’t give to be your dinner party guest! Looks like a fabulous farewell feast. Your guests are lucky!

    I think it’s less daunting to hold a dinner party with another person..that way, if something goes wrong, it’s not just my fault, haha.

  63. A potato cake – you never cease to amaze me! Looks fantastic! I hope you have fun at the party tomorrow.

  64. This recipe is so creative! A great way to use up any leftover hot dogs in the fridge. I can’t wait to see the photos from your big dinner event!

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  66. Lovely potato cake, as usual…love to see your creative cooking…have fun with the big dinner…waiting for the posts on the menu. I have hosted dinner for about 18 people and it was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too and great when people like your cooking ! it was an all indian menu, but a a big elaborate spread !!

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