Homemade food. Drinking good wine out of coffee mugs. DVD re-runs of Sex and the City. Chill Out music. Laughters. All in a cozy and smoke-free environment and in company of good friends. A moment like this can only happen over a dinner party.
Dinner home parties now ranks high on my list of favourite social activities. Long gone are the days when loud thumping music, liquor and cigarettes smokes equates with the word party. Nowadays, being all OLDER and wiser, dinner parties are a great way to chill with the ones closest to you. And it’s a wonder what bottles of good wine can do for your friendship, social lubricants – that’s what they call em.
It was Jack & Keith who hosted a great one last weekend. Ok, so I’m merely just a reason for them to do so (in ‘celebration’ of me getting older, see what I told ya!). Dinner may have been at 7pm, but as all good friends knows how, we got there a lil earlier offering what little help we could. Shiong got there slightly earlier and went on parking his ass on the lazy chair and poking his nose into the final chapters of the Tesco-bought RM69.90 copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, while I stocked up the freezer with my contribution, Wall’s Mini Poppers.
Dinner was already shaping up nicely. Honestly with Keith in charge in the kitchen, we can all take a back seat and wait to be served. He’s got a good resume and we jumped at every opportunity when Jack volunteer’s him to cook. With only a couple of vegetables to be grilled and the bread to be toasted, the rest of us popped in the iconic 1st season of Sex and the City. After the first few minutes, we started gasping. Look at her hair. GASP! Look at the size of the mobile phone. GASP! The fashion. GASP! Her HAIR! GASP! The Hair…yup, and we once regarded Carrie’s fashion as avant garde.
Not put offed by nineties’ fashion disaster and Samantha’s many sexual romps, Scott walked in the door and dinner was served. On the menu was Wholemeal Loaf with virgin olive oil & balsamic dip, Grilled Zucchini & Squashes, Beef Meatball in Tomato & Herb Sauce and Chicken & Zucchini Risotto. Everything on the table was so good. With the exception of the bread being bought from Delifrance (how very un-Italian!) everything was made from scratch! Amazing eh? My personal favourite for the evening would have to be the Risotto, incidentally to everyone’s amazement it was Jack’s handiwork. Looks like Keith’s kitchen magic has somehow rubbed onto Jack.
The evening ended up with a fine piece of cake made by one of Keith’s friend. Her carrot cake are legendary. It’s one of those cakes that you can go on eating the whole cake in one go and still crave for more! Lightweight, super moist with a great layer of coating, this cake went down well with everyone of cause and the only complaint was that it would have been better if it had more carrots and some raisins thrown in. But still, it’s a very good cake! And yes, it’s my 38th birthday cake this year.
A scary movie (Dead Silence), couple more mugs of wine, some Poppers and Chocolate slowly sums up the evening of great company. Thanks for the evening guys!