Me: "Who has the best seat in the house, me or daddy?"

Adam: "Well, Daddy's is nice, but yours is best. Your's is squishier."

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Or as we say in our backyard:
Dinner with Friends

It was time again for our sort-of monthly sometimes-foreign dinner with Dave, Steph, Kathy and the Bishop.  He has a name, but we just call him Bishop. 

Guy, fab-husband turned master Thai chef was in the kitchen chopping for about 4 hours.  He then diced, minced, marinated and braised.  In no time he was stirring and finally...

(which is Arabic for คนฝรั่ง)
(which is Thai for "Ta-da!")

He created a Thai feast.

I set the table. 
Hey, too many cooks
spoil the Thai Coconut Chicken soup.

We sat out in the warm July evening breeze, ooh-ing and ah-ing over each course.  We laughed and took seconds.  We were serious a little, here and there, but usually not for long.  As the sun set, the twinkle lights lit the gazebo with a warm glow.  It was, as Steph told me later, a meal she would have paid $100 for.  But the company, of course, was priceless.

At the end of the evening we each opened a fortune cookie.  Fortune cookies aren't a Thai tradition, but technically they aren't really Chinese, either.  We giggled as we took liberties modifying our fortunes.  Then Kathy read hers.  I believe it said;

"Appreciate the caring people who surround you."

I do.

 Orange Salad with toasted coconut and fresh mint
(Thanks Kathy!)

Roasted Eggplant Salad with Cilantro and Lime
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Butternut Squash and Chicken Curry

 Paht Thai Noodles with Pork

 Pork and Zucchini in Red Curry Sauce

Chunky Baby with Rice

Homemade Coconut Ice Cream with Peanut Battered Banana Fritters
 in Strawberry Sauce


Stephanie said...

That was a night to remember for more than one reason! Literally, everything was perfect!

Jenni said...

I was drooling over the food and then saw "chunky baby with rice" and thought again how glad we have reconnected and that we got to know Laine and the kids a little bit this week. We will definitely be planning a trip your way and I know now that it won't matter when we show up, the food will be amazing :)