Jul 16 2007

Sunday Dinner

John, my father, and I have started a new tradition. Instead of always having one person cook, we are going to get together at least once a month with a special menu- usually with a theme- and have each person take a dish (or two, if they feel like it). It will help us explore new recipes, take the burden off of the normal cooks, and be a lot of fun. At least, so far it has been.

Last night was the first night. We were feeling adventurous and decided on Thai. Dad made a dish from the Lemongrass Cafe cookbook that I borrowed from the library, and John and I each made a dish from the general (but really quite excellent) Thai book that I bought years ago at a bookstore sale.

The results:
… were DELICIOUS. We are such awesome cooks! From the top, clockwise: Made by Dad- Sweet and Spicy Shrimp (shrimp, broccoli, cucumbers, pineapple, celery, tomatoes, chile paste, fish sauce, soy sauce…to name a few of the ingredients); Made by me- Fragrant Chicken Curry (Chicken, LOTS of curry paste, lemongrass, coconut milk, onions, garlic, cilantro, yogurt, apricot jam…); Jasmine Rice (made by me, but it hardly counts); Made by John- Thai Asparagus (asparagus, toasted sesame seeds, green thai chile, red bell pepper, garlic, ginger… so simple, so good!). All that plus a bottle of wine made by a company on whose cave our company worked. It was a very special dinner.

After dinner, we ate lovely, refreshing chunks of watermelon and then sat down to watch a Planet Earth (an Oceans one). After all that settled, I brought out the Coconut Custard with Mango, which was good, but not quite as good as I’d hoped. I was hoping for more of a creme brulee texture and got more of a gelatinous flan texture, but the flavor was nice. The best part was the fresh mango- I bought one that was a honey mango or some such thing and it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted.

Cole, unfortunately, was not all that interested in the food. He’s been a particularly picky eater lately, and it was too spicy. He sat and ate swiss cheese slices and then had a few bites of pizza when we went home. I guess you can’t please everyone.

(My tummy’s grumbling just looking at that picture. I can’t wait for the leftovers today at lunch!)

(Oh- John and I also got away by ourselves and saw a movie, the first in quite some time. We saw Harry Potter and mostly enjoyed it. I was squirming a lot by the end due to the massive dose of cheeziness, but it was still totally worth seeing. I nearly offended people before the movie started, though, listening to their comments about the previews and things. I need to learn to keep my snorts to myself. But tell me- if someone was watching a preview for Fred Claus and shouted out “That right there- that’s a WINNER. That’s my kind of movie!”, would you be able to help yourself? I know you all are clearly better people than I, but really…)


  • By nrp, July 16, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    Mmmmm….Thai food….everything sounds so good!

    Is Cole not even interested in the rice? Ack. He’ll grow out of it.

    I would first check whether the person so looking forward to Fred Claus was perhaps being mighty sarcastic. Then I’d snort and roll my eyes. Then I’d totally mention it on my blog.

  • By heels, July 16, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    No. He’s never liked rice. Don’t know why…

    No sarcasm. None. At all. And that’s why you are my friend.

  • By ticknart, July 16, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    The Potter movie had the sort of wizard’s duel that should have been in Lord of the Rings.

    And the food looks wonderful, but when I tried to lick it, it tasted dusty. You might want to work on that.

  • By heels, July 16, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    J- Yah- that part was wicked.

    For the food, you just don’t have your settings right. Go to Tools, Options, Advanced, click the “Senses” tab, turn up the “taste”, restart your computer, do a little jig, drive down here, sit in my house, wait for dinner. I think that should do it. If not, call IT support.

  • By ticknart, July 16, 2007 @ 3:18 pm


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