I thought of this post by thanksforsharing yesterday, after our good friend A who was set to come over for dinner asked at the last minute if his coworker could join us.
When we invited A we’d already made a joke of how our apartment was a mess because we’re painting the floors. Because we’ve known him for so long it was a non-issue — JMM lived with him for years in college and A’s messiness was a topic of much joking/anger. The added guest, though! He was lovely, and also apparently unfazed by the bed in the kitchen, the piles of belongings lining the walls, and the faint smell of drying paint, yet the tarof-obsessed Iranian hostess in me was silently freaking out that the fantasy of the apartment (one that is often a reality even without guests!) was shattered.
But probably a good lesson in flexibility, all in all.
(Whispery appendix one: no photo of the dinner, but we had pasta with parsley, chicken, and vegan cashew alfredo sauce, leeks vinaigrette, carrot-fennel soup, and bread, with CSA pears that we ate for dessert while walking down to the water for A’s guest to see the skyline.)
(Whispery appendix two: barring extreme circumstances, extra guests should always, always be welcomed, don’t you think?)
It surprised me, too! I threw the grapes in expecting something like this Orangette recipe for roasted sausages with red grapes, which I’ve made before and loved. But whereas regular thumb-joint-sized supermarket grapes get tender and soft but stay in their own skins, these teeny CSA grapes (“Reliance” variety) immediately split, and the innards melted while the separated skins got tender. If only the grapes in this week’s CSA share weren’t seeded, I’d totally do it again.
mikereview said: WE’RE HAVING FRENCH FRIES AND BACON.
Is this something people would like? I’m thinking of something Kevin Fanning style, a self-published 50 pages or so of iPhone photos, recipes, and maybe stories. What are your favorite Needs More Salt posts?