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Cooking for the Pramas Party

Unbeknownst to Pramas, I was plotting his birthday party for a couple of months before it happened. It all started with me beguiling him into agreeing to put our Belize money into a patio. I wasted no time in getting that started because my secret plan was to have it done in time for a birthday barbecue. Fortune favored me on that and I was able to get a company to come out and do the patio in pavers for what it would have cost me for a concrete pour (taking advantage of a company that had just the right number of pavers left over from a bigger job). Then, I got a great deal on a grill during a Memorial Day sale and was able to do a lot of landscaping improvements while Chris was away at Enfilade and Book Expo.

Luckily for me, Chris is used to my compulsion to make sure all guests are well fed and while he did think I was going a little overboard for a barbecue with half a dozen people, he put up very little resistence, even getting the extra chairs out of the attic “just to be safe”.

Even though I was expecting up to a dozen more people to show up, we had plenty of guests, including friends from San Francisco and Vancouver, BC who made it over. The surprise kept rolling as people kept arriving over the first three hours of the party.

I didn’t get as far into the last minute cooking as I’d wanted because I misplaced my big pasta bowl which was the only bowl that would fit the pesto pasta dish I’d made and left me running around with things half completed when people started arriving in numbers. I managed to get out some chips, Pramas’s famous hummus, fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, cherries, strawberries… I still have a pineapple left, which I might try grilling up for game night), Salada de palmito, where I substituted fig-balsamic vinegar instead of using red wine vinegar, pesto pasta, a full spread of cheese and salumi salami with some of Mark Bittman’s Parmesan cream crackers and Smitten Kitchen’s rosemary flatbread, a couple of different types of tofu on skewers for our vegetarian guests, North Carolina-style Pulled Pork, hamburgers and sausages from Columbia City’s own Bob’s Quality Meats on buns from Columbia City Bakery. (I also couldn’t resist a loaf of their whiskey cake with espresso glaze, which we never even got around to slicing.) I also baked two Guinness Chocolate Cakes. Believe it or not, I had originally intended to have another salad (Avocado and Belgian endive), fresh salsa (Salsa Criolla), and chicken satays with homemade peanut sauce and some homemade ice cream but I flat ran out of time on those. Game night should certainly benefit from remainders this week!

It’s taken me a couple of days to feel recovered after the last push on getting the house, yard, and food set up to my liking for the party but I’m definitely feeling in the swing of cooking again if nothing else.

8 comments to Cooking for the Pramas Party

  • The food was awesome, and the company was even better. Great party.

    And the backyard looked great.

  • The food was awesome, and the company was even better. Great party.

    And the backyard looked great.

    • Indeed. Heidi is already talking about how your next party should be as good. A sampling:

      “And Kate can bring out her toys again!”
      “And I took your cake! It was good!”
      “And I had ice cream!”

      As always, you went above and beyond on the hostessing duties.

  • It was an incredible feast and a great time. I’m glad I was there. Thanks for the invite!

  • It was an incredible feast and a great time. I’m glad I was there. Thanks for the invite!

  • Indeed. Heidi is already talking about how your next party should be as good. A sampling:

    “And Kate can bring out her toys again!”
    “And I took your cake! It was good!”
    “And I had ice cream!”

    As always, you went above and beyond on the hostessing duties.

  • sounds lovely!

    i’m so amazed that in addition to the impressive spread you managed to pull off landscaping as well!

    do you ever take off your wonder woman suit?

  • sounds lovely!

    i’m so amazed that in addition to the impressive spread you managed to pull off landscaping as well!

    do you ever take off your wonder woman suit?