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Celebrating is about sharing, telling stories, talking. It's about eating a piece of cake that a friend made for you, having a glass of wine or savoring a cup of coffee. It's that unknown sensation that doesn't let you get up from the table after eating. It's much more than just placing silverware and plates on a table, it's creating an ambience, a style, a sensation, an unforgettable memory.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


It's been two weeks since I had last written.. a long week of home cooking, family reunions and getting together. So intense that I couldn't even tweet or post. Nevertheless there are many pictures to share coming soon.

Sebastian came from NY for a few days, we cooked, talked and ate comfort food.

My mushrooms are growing I think they are ready to eat. I am planing to make a pasta with them thanks to my blogger friend Lisa. Bryan brought me spices from Vietnam and Cambodia which I loved and I finally bought the dragon fruit after looking for it for months in the grocery store. I had been going almost  3 times a day without exaggerating just to get every detail of every ingredient planned for all the preparations.

On Saturday we had friends over the house, to be more precise we cooked for fifty people with the glorious help of my friend Bessy and Vera the best photographer ever .
The menu always ambitious long enough to not be able to finishe all. I placed the Holy menu on the kitchen wall to check and mark down the dishes that were ready. Friends arrived at 8.30 pm and I was still in the kitchen running hiding to rush for a shower and get dressed in minutes. 

The kitchen was a paradise hell filled with the most amazing spices and herbs. At 10 pm it was a totally chaos, overwhelming even with fabulous helpers we couldn't do it as organized as I wanted it to be. Ingrid was making tons of chicken skewers to serve over a plantain leaf with coconut peanut sauce and my other helper Gloria made hundreds of hand made tortillas while Teresa filled the sink with used plates and empty glasses. I was running from the kitchen to the food table giving the last touches to each plate and trying to make the missing sauces.

Thirty-something plates with a theme of "bite and small bites" substantial, fresh, colorful, vibrant, cultural, sensible and without pretentiousness. Thai flavors with Latin visits, some touches from Spain, Mexico, Italy and Japan. Kind of like a United Nations hug all together at the table starting with mini taquitos, Chinese lettuce filled with spicy meat, rice paper rolls with fresh vegetables, crab cakes, fig with feta bruschetta, mini salmon packets, little boxes of cod fish, corn cakes with a sweet chicken stew and  we cant forget the mini tortillas de patatas...
First time I cooked the forbidden rice a beautiful completely black rice from China placed next to the jasmine rice cooked with coconut milk, lemon grass and ginger, sublime and noble dish sprinkle with toasted coconut curls.

I realized that in the same way I am at home with objects and clothes I am with food: always mixing and matching colors, textures and flavors. Balance is the key a little of this a little of that, the crunch, the soft, the sweet, the salted, as simple as using the five tastes. My partner he is kosher and I am organic, so there were many details to follow during these days.

I always am extremely exaggerated when cooking for guests I think I have to make infinity of dishes so every one finds what they like and be pleased to eat as much as they want. I kind of try to spoil everyone, that is always my main concern. We left Nicolas at a pet resort during the big dinner and he came back hoarse with a sore throat because of all the crying during a night away from home. The resort has a food menu to choose from like beef with yam and oatmeal, to fresh fish with organic herbs and eggs drizzled with cod oil. They even treat them with ice creams but that doesn't help him at all. He hates it anyway.

My retro Mad Men bar, whisky sales have boomed because to the TV show, even on the party most of the people drank Scotch on the rocks rather than wine. 

My breakfast the day after the party, that was when I was enjoying  the pleasure of eating leftovers in the quiet of my home.

Now I finish my day thinking how sorry I am with the lost of the most precious and valuable Apple, Steve he will be with us. Thanks to you I am able to do what I do and have the world open to my eyes from wherever I am. Bravo!!! and thank you.


decocinasytacones said...

Very impressive!. No me ha quedado claro si has tenido 50 personas comiendo en casa o si es que tienes un catering!, jajaja.
Un beso, te echaba de menos en mis comments.Cuando no se puede no se puede. Yo he vuelto a mis clases y mi rutina de invierno que me encanta.

Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch) said...

beautiful! what a feast looks like so much fun :)

Lizzy said...

What a fabulous feast! Your artistic eye resulted in gorgeous food! I know your guests must have been thrilled with your well planned menu :)

Chic & Gorgeous Treats said...

I just came over from Elisabeth from Food and Thrift Finds, and you too had a lovely party with good friends and above all good food. I really feel like throwing a party right now. Lola, you have such a pretty kitchen.. now I think after all the feasting with my eyes, I got to return to work. Till then, take care. Huggss

Anonymous said...

What an amazing party! An absolute feast! I bet everyone loved it and had a GREAT time!

Tina said...

What a great dinner party. Quality ingredients and lots of helpers-that is the way to do it! I have been wanting to have one, but I would have to find another place to host it because my kitchen is way too small. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.

Christine's Pantry said...

Great party and food.

Ruth said...

Wow! Those mushrooms look amazing! Makes me want to grow some...

lisa is cooking said...

What a fabulous feast! It must have been so fun. And, hooray for the mushrooms. Hope you enjoy them.

Simply Life said...

wow! looks like you prepared quite the spread of food!

Lola Lobato said...

With a little help of my friends... thank you all.

Ana said...

Now, that's quite a feast!

I love that everything is a splash of colour and it all looks so fresh, juicy, healthy and tasty!

Wonderful :) .