Cooking all alone in your kitchen day in and day out can seem like drudgery, especially if you aren’t particularly interested in the culinary arts. But when you invite a few friends over and turn it into a party, suddenly cooking becomes a lot more cheery. A cooking party is a great excuse to host a get together, and this is exactly what we did a couple weeks ago. When one of the gals decided on an “Indian-themed Nite” we put on our thinking caps and came up with a menu in a few short days. Colby was kind enough to host this wonderful get-together at her Philadelphia home with Sallie, Amy and my husband :) Isn’t it just dandy when you are able to cook together with friends, fueled of course by glasses of vino, music and dancing? Cooking with friends requires a sense of humor and a relaxed demeanor, we definitely had that going for us. It’s the perfect occasion to enjoy the fun of entertaining from prepping to clean up, and everything in between.
We once organized a “Cooking Club”. Much like a book club, we took turns hosting, came up with a theme and divvied up the courses. It was fun researching different cuisines from around the world, we loved cooking as a group and then sitting down to a wonderful candlelight dinner. But alas with everyone’s busy schedules, the cooking club only lasted for about a year. However, this particular cooking session was reminiscent of those fun days when our cooking club was a go.
Coming back to the cooking party a few weeks ago. The menu consisted of monk fish curry, roasted eggplant mash, red baby bliss potatoes with green peppers and mango powder and a flavorful saffron basmati rice with lime and cashews (which we will be featuring in this post) followed by flan for dessert. Here are some images from the get together.