Home Warming Party Evening, Saturday, 21 June 2008
For June, we will have a simple summer home-cooking event to celebrate a housewarming of an apartment in Grunewald (nearest S-Bahn is Heerstrasse). So, if you would like to come along, please do kindly either bring some (i) (good) booze, or (ii) salads, or (iii) desserts, or (iv) offer up some cash, say, 10 Euro or whatever you think it is worth to thank the host. The main food is probably a BBQ but I will personally be preparing some other stuff for the dinner, which may or may not be a good thing. Wines and beers will be supplied so drink all you like and see if I care. If the weather is good, we might even do an old-style picnic in the garden, which is practically in the Grunewald.
The date is Saturday, 21 June, the longest day of the year, and the dining is scheduled to kick off around 18:00. People are welcome to come earlier to help out, and perhaps even go for a stroll in the Grunewald before dinner, as it is just 5 metres away. Places are limited as the apartment is not too large, and the neighbours will also be coming, so email in your requests early please to email@example.com. As usual, further details will be sent to the those that get (somewhat randomly) selected (with a bias for those offering to bring food and stuff), and please note that the closing date for this event is 31 May 2008.
See you soon!
How it went on the day...
Despite some rumblings in the afternoon, the weather held up well so it was a lovely dry evening for the party. We made a conscious decision not to serve any bratwurst or common BBQ meats, so in the end, we ended up with summer sushi, Schwabian meatballs, smoked salmon wonton canapes, lots of salads, and some great desserts. Many of the salads and desserts were brought along by the very nice people that came to the party. I made some of the more interesting marinades for the meats, including satay, mustard honey drumsticks, balsamico pork and garlic wine chops and so on and so forth. If only I can remember the recipes as I was inspired the night before but too drunk to write down any notes. Oh well. The bathtub downstairs was brimming over with iced beers and wines, so nobody went home thirsty. There was also a very successful "bowle" which made good use of a case of very nice South African sparkling wine that I had in my cellar. We also had several kilos of meat left over so for sure nobody went home hungry. At this point, I must give some special thanks to Bekir for his stellar management of the grill. It would not have been so smooth and efficient without his help, so thanks a lot mate!
All in all, everyone seemed to like the food and the apartment and the area so it was a great night. This was borne out by the fact that 2 ladies went home wearing less than what they came with, as they left their jumpers at the apartment. But I bet they didn't feel cold! :o)