Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Chinese Dinner
My Dinner Clubs have really become the highlight of my week - I love planning/shopping/trying things out during the week and I always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Usually we go out dancing after dinner which is also more fun in a group.
With the 'balcony season‘ finally being over for good, we had our welcome drinks in the living room – still enough space – just right to get the guests talking. There were four new guests and three ‘regulars’ which meant I had the luxury of being an ‘almost guest’ myself. Once again, lovely, interesting people and yet again… a new nationality: Portuguese-South African.
We started off with ‘uncooperative’ but tasty spring rolls (they decided to stick to everything in their way) followed by sweet & sour soup with tofu and bamboo shoots.
The main course was chicken Chop suey….Chop suey (Chinese: 杂碎; pinyin: zá suì; literally "assorted pieces"). As so often I decided the recipe I was using was not ‘the way I think it should be’ and so I extended the time for marinating the chicken in ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine and sugar by several hours…. a fantastic if I may say so – it was really yummy.
After several breaks for more chatting, clearing tables, changing seats…. we reached dessert. Homemade fortune cookies – these too they were not absolutely perfect as all of the batters I had tried did one ‘funny thing’ or another but they were deliciously sweet and ‘almondy’. And of course the fortunes inside were great fun and everyone had several cookies/fortunes….. the most unlikely one: ‘You will be hungry soon, order take-out now’.
This time one guest had ‘broken the rules’ in a most pleasant way and had brought a bottle of Commandaria…… we ended up moving the tables together….. staying ‘way past everyone’s bedtime’, having a fabulous time. Thank you everyone we must do that again soon!
I am already looking forward to another cozy evening this Saturday when the theme will be Thanksgiving and guest speaker, life coach Carol Page, will talk about self-awareness for singles. See facebook for details but hurry, it’s almost fully booked. http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=216940608377984