For the last couple of days I've been busy getting ready for a dinner party tonight for 15 people.
That in itself shouldn't be a big deal. After all when I was in Houston I used to have upwards of 100 people at the house in Nassau Bay - although that was NOT a dinner but more appetizers and drinks.
The crux of the matter here is the size of my kitchen and the lack of an oven. I must prepare things in stages. My toaster oven can only take one pyrex dish at a time. A bit aggravating some time, especially when I'm making multiples of something. I've learned to cook over a period of a couple of days. Oh, and I've learned how to cook in the microwave too. VERY interesting.
Thanks to my friend Ann Criswell, former Editor of the Houston Chronicle's food section, who gathered cookbooks on microwave cooking for me when I moved to Mexico. Couldn't have done it without those books.
So yesterday was potato salad and lemon bars along with a vegetable platter. Today is the baked ham (in the microwave), a fruit platter, dips, appetizers, etc. I never want anyone to go home hungry!
With the weather so unpredictable, one cannot expect to have alfresco dining. For the last two nights the wind has come up at about 5:30 and blown like Tornado Terrible was heading our way. So, we'll just mix and mingle, in the house. Some may end up on the roof terrace, weather permitting.
I have food stations set up all over the house. Food in one place, dessert in another and the all important bar in another. That way, hopefully people won't be tripping all over each other.
I now realize how easy it is to entertain when you have enough room and the tools to prepare food. But, heck, then it wouldn't be an "adventure", would it?
The purpose of this event, if one is needed, is for my friends Sue and Vandy to see all their friends (well some of them) before they leave to go back to Galveston on Wednesday.