This is How We Dine

 A still from Jamie Pea's Feasts for Friends on Youku (Chinese YouTube)

A still from Jamie Pea's Feasts for Friends on Youku (Chinese YouTube)

When kindred souls and like minds find each other, it's not really luck or chance is it? They way ham and cheese find each other, beans and bacon, tomatoes and mozzarella do, some things are just in the right place and circumstance and they find each other. Like me and Stella (dark chocolate chili sauce and sea salt vanilla ice cream, if we were food). Last spring she'd heard about JoySeed breakfasts and was just launching her foodie video platform GURU (Chinese name: 咕噜GURU, a cheeky play on the "gulu-gulu" sound a hungry belly makes).

 Stella (right) of Guru, and crew

Stella (right) of Guru, and crew

We shot three recipe videos to promote JoySeed, and when we got 17,000 views in one week we knew we had inspired more than a few food lovers and that were onto something... So we decided to make a video series on a theme of my choosing. After thinking about what I'd like to bring to the table, and especially what would prove useful to foodie viewers, I decided to create "Jamie Pea's Feasts for Friends".

Come crash my home dinner party, where I'll be showing you how to be a dinner party star, to make impressive-looking, out-of-the-ordinary menus from nibbles, starters and mains through dessert. Most importantly, they're easy to make or can be made ahead. 'Cause nothing poops a party more than a stressed-out host/ess sweating, pittering, pattering and getting first-degree burns in the kitchen while guests go downstairs to fetch more alcohol.

Last weekend we filmed Jamie Pea's Dinner Parties episode 1, a late-summer, pea-themed dinner to open up the name of the game and celebrate these sweet and versatile pods.

Effortless? Um, I practically steamed my undershirt straight, sweating bullets with a 9:00 start through 19:00 of continuous prep, photography, dialogue (Chinese-language tongue-twisting, more sweat), cooking, action filming, more photography, me doing some of the directing and hoping nothing would go wrong like the jelly not setting in time (more sweat).

But we did it; the video team were troopers despite a non-stop grind of food, food, food an the ironic scarcity of anything to eat (we nibbled on puffy Dominos pizza to sustain us whilst preserving the video food for the shoot).

Our guests of the evening are Nico and girlfriend; American F&B savant Matt and Mexican PR genius Liza; and of course my beloved Gorilla. All the dishes turned out well, our guests graciously brought nice wines including a special icewine with strong strawberry notes, and best of all after the lights and cameras and crew left I could finally take a seat and ip back a glass of Champagne.