I am having some friends over on Saturday for some family friendly entertaining! In recent years this is what my social life consists of, gone are the days of cocktails and dancing now it’s food and friends and their children and I’m quite good at it. My friends who have kids like going somewhere where they can have a bit of a laugh and some (excellent if I say so myself) food. There is still booze, but believe it or not I have some friends who don’t drink!So food is the main event!
Usually when cooking for a lot of people I’ll go for things like bakes and casseroles or a good chilli, things that can be prepared ahead as I like being able to relax, the thing about entertaining people with kids is you don’t have much time, when friends without kids visit they can linger, generally if people have their kids with them there is a unmentioned time limit, about 3 hours, and as I want to spend as much time as possible with my guests I try to have as much ready in advance as possible. This weekend though I’m shunning the usual comfort food for Thai, I’m thinking of veggie spring rolls and lettuce rolls to start, Green chicken curry and a red pineapple and squash curry for main, with sesame Pok choi and sticky rice as sides and probably some nice sticky chocolate dessert with some fresh fruit for the healthy guests!
I am looking forward to seeing some of my friends, the snow has been great, slowed us all down, forced us to spend time with our families, but I am craving adult conversation and a bit of craic! I also can use the opportunity to convince my friends to read the True blood books!