I've been busy, kids.
Tonight, we're having a dinner party with interesting, fun people I know and some people I don't know who I suspect are interesting and fun. It should be a hoot.
I'm doing a banquet of tapas. Ten or so different small plates, which I thought would be easier in some ways - more relaxed, super casual, more fun for the kids, more like us, etc - but it's still like ten freakin' separate dishes to prep. Plus dessert.
Someone do an intervention. Please. Save me from my own stupidity.
Anyway, I farmed the children out to neighbors, friends, babysitters, anybody who would have them and is not on the registered sex offender list. I'm a good parent. I did this because this tapas thing is not a meal you can get done with kids underfoot.
Trust me, you'll get nothing cooked and the kids will end up hating you or throwing chick pea flour around the kitchen and singing, "Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow". Or worse, they'll end up sitting in front of the TV watching 20 hours of Dora, which is their idea of winning the lottery and for you, something akin to gouging your eyes out with a pickle fork.
Yeah, that would suck.
There have been a few kitchen mishaps. Because, well, it's me. I had a small incident with pureed chicken liver that was so inexplicably gross that I had to toss a perfectly good whisk in the trash because liver parts got all entangled in the wire and I couldn't get them out. They kept clinging on. All drippy and livery. I wanted to hurl.
And David totally went off his "diet/lifestyle" because he found malted milk balls in the freezer. He blames me for leading him astray. We will discuss this thoroughly in therapy.
Just joking. We're not in therapy. Unless you count all the booze. And then, we are in a lot of therapy.
Oh! And did I tell you I've never made any of the dishes I am serving before now? Well, one dish I've done before, the oxtails. The rest are experimental. First timers. I am a virgin again. Kinda.
Anyway, here's what I'm serving tonight. Wish me luck. Or at least wish that I don't make a complete ass of myself.
PS: I'll post recipes, evaluations and all inane and humiliating stories about myself and my cooking after the dinner party!
The Yummy Mummy's Completely Experimental, Pop-Your-Cherry Tapas Banquet for Six
- Sardines Escabeche
- Jamon Croquettes
- Lamb Chops with Figs & Tomato Salsa
- Calf Oxtails Braised in Wine
- Prawn Fritters
- Chicken Liver Pate (or parfait..I'll explain after I taste it)
- Pulpo a la Gallega
- Stuffed Tomatoes with Tuna, Garlic & Parsley
- Chorizo, Chickpea & Spinach Salad
- Red Cooked Pork Belly
- And for dessert, homemade Malted Milk Ball Ice Cream