This past weekend and week – I two dinner parties (with my attendees help) and they both went really well. The first was a Taco Salad Bar with my girlfriends. Just prepped the ingredients and let each girl fix their own bowl.
The second was a lovely dinner in with Alex and Avi – my best bros. The challenge? Pulling this off on weeknight.
The reason for this not-so-convenient timing was that Alex was due to fly back to Kabul and we all wanted to spend some quality time together.
What could I whip up that was:
B) boys would eat it
C) easy + fast
And remember – boys had to eat it, so I couldn’t just like, serve them a salad.
Then I suddenly remembered Hoi serving me the best roast chicken I’ve had in my life for Christmas.
Whipped out my phone and texted – “Hoiii can you send me the recipe for your roast chicken that you made for Christmas???”
And then I had it.
What about carbs?
I had some conveniently gifted spaghettini which would make this dish… FREE… if I used it. Hmmm…
A short Google search later led me to a efficient use of ALLTHEINGREDIENTS I already had in my pantry. Good thing parmesan was optional coz I don’t eat cheese/I’m cheap.
But what about greens?
The boys might not want them but my digestive system did. Too much info? WHATEVER.
I decided some chopped romaine and a simple lemon dressing would perk up the menu.
I was back home by 6:45pm, after buying groceries, prepped the chicken, popped it in the oven.
Alex came over and started on his apple crumble flambe.
Avi mixed them some Cuba Libres while I made the salad dressing.
Once Alex was done – I quickly prepped the spaghettini and Avi chopped the salad.
Dinner was served by 8:30pm. Not bad I would say.
The crumble baked while we ate. Alex then insisted we needed San Pedros to go with it. That is basically vanilla ice-cream and rum. Blended.
The food was humble, delicious and very satisfying. And totes doable on a weekend.
Also, I have literally never seen Avi that much – in my life.
It was a fantastic night that had us all laughing and me thinking about how crazy it was that these two friends of mine, who I met separately at very different parts in my life (high school vs masters), click so well. I mean the dudes both watch Hannibal, drink too much alcohol and can’t stand it when women use silence as show of anger.
Happy Friday everyone!