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."
Orange Salad with toasted coconut and fresh mint
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