I went to dinner and drinks with a coworker after work last wednesday. As we were chatting and getting to know each other we discovered we live about 3 blocks from each other and there is another girl from work who also lives in the neighborhood. This was great news, I love the idea of having friends near where I live. So after a few more pints of cider and a whiskey or two I decided it would be a fantastic idea to have a few work friends in my apartment for dinner… that Sunday. Yup… in 4 days… of which I was working 3… great idea.
Did I mentioned there were a few of these consumed… hahahaha!
Thank night I came home and asked Emil (via dry erase board) if it was ok to have a few friends over. It is his apartment as well, so I wanted to check with him first. I woke up on Thursday to find this:
And just like that, it was official! I was hosting a dinner party! In 3 days!
First step was creating the menu. My friend Tom was online and I knew he would have great ideas for the menu. He gave me a few items and I went from there. I wanted something light and springy. One of the girls is vegetarian so I wanted to make sure there were options for her as well, not just salads. I had a menu with about 15 items in it by the time I sent out the invite.
I sent an invite to about 10 people (all work friends), of those only 5 said they would go, 1 said maybe, 2 declined and 2 did not respond. Since my guest list was cut in half, so was my menu. No big deal, it was actually for the best. In the end there were 5 of us here and we ate about 95% of all the food.
Here is what I made/served:
- Dominican Style Potato Salad
- Mushrooms and Asparagus
- Feta, Tomato & Basil Salad
- Whole Wheat Pita Bread
- Shrimp & Tomato Stew
- Jully’s BBQ Ribs
- Flan (Regular caramel flan, not pumpkin like the recipe says)
- Bourbon Bread Pudding
- Red Wine Sangria
- Sparkling Bourbon Iced Tea
Dinner was delicious and almost everything was gone within a few minutes. We ate and drank to our hearts’ content.
The ribs were, of course, a hit! Jully’s recipe was a success once again.
Everything else I pretty much made up as I went.
For the shrimp I added garlic, parsley, cherry tomatoes, siracha, canned tomatoes, green onions, celery and olive oil. It was not as spicy as I wanted it to be, but it was still pretty good.
I wanted to use as many fresh ingredients as possible.
I love veggies cooked in a simple, no fuss style.
Take the mushrooms and asparagus, for example. I only cooked them with butter, sea salt, cracked black pepper and chili powder. Simple, yet delicious.
The potato salad is my family’s recipe. I used idaho and red skinned potatoes, celery, corn, sweet peas, apples and carrots. I love it, I can eat plate after plate of this thing.
Dinner was successful and heaping plates of food were throughly consumed.
And then, it was dessert time!! I made flan, which is a staple in any gatherings I host and a bread pudding with a bourbon glaze. We ate about 20% of each and now I have a fridge full of flan and bread pudding calling my name. Thankfully, there is a new gym opening up in my neighborhood because I have the feeling i will be eating these!!
I was scared to host a dinner party with such short notice but it ended up being great. It was a lovely, rainy afternoon with friends, food and booze. We laughed so much and ate so much. It was pretty awesome!
Now I guess it is time plan (or wait until 3 days before) my next party. Wonder who’d want to come? ;)
Have a wonderful day and even better week.
Until next time.