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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hosting November

One of the things that gives the most joy, is hosting gathering for my dearest friends. Due to limitation in space, and my cooking, only be a selected few are invited each time. But I tried my best to invite different ones each time.

Whenever there is a gathering, I face a dilemma, I wish I can be "Mary and Martha" at the same time if you know what I mean. I finally came up with a solution, pacing myself, and prepare the event several days in advance. 

Following my "formula of success", although it was a six courses dinner, the preparation was relatively stress free. My glamorous friend Camilla suggested that we have a "soup" theme. My other guests were a little worried as to how many bowls of liquid they are required to consume. In the end, being as considerate as I am, only sample sizes of the three different  soups are given. Lisa made an impressive chicken chowder, Bon Bon and Ray contributed the delightful creme of mushroom. Camilla brought me the loveliest   bouquet of white roses.

 Playing Sherlock Holmes, solving the mystery of " Giant Rat" ends the evening on a "frou frou chi chi" note as Camilla would like to put it. 

I missed the opportunity to photograph my friends, but here are the food on the menu. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Blessing in Disguise.... While I was ill

It is not Winter yet, but the chills has already set in Vancouver this year. Although trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I still fell ill. Around this time of year, we are surrounded by three types of people, people already sick, starting to get sick and recovering patients who claimed they are "well enough".  Nonetheless,  I welcome this sudden interruption , devoting them to things I adore , "luxuries" that slipped off the daily agenda incomplete  I appreciate all forms of arts and would pursue them if this world is in perfect state. Yet at the moment there are focuses with greater preponderancy. It is really hard to strike a balance. For now culinary art seems the most "functional" and achievable of all arts ~