Friday nights are always fun. Often times it is spent with my family and friends. The food is always great and there is always a great mood to the evening.
On this particular Friday night, Limor & I decided to host. We haven't hosted yet and it was a good challenge. There were fourteen guests confirmed and by the time it was over, I think a few more trickled in.
We started to prep on Wednesday for a Friday night meal. The menu consisted of:
- Tuna Carpaccio alla CIA for anyone who's been to Caterina...
- Arugula & Mixed Green Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
- Ossobuco served with Risotto alla Milanese
- Chicken Cacciatore served with Roasted Pearl Barley
- Grilled Vegetables
- Misc. Cakes, Fruit Salad and other sweets
Overall I thought the dinner was a success. Both the proteins came out very well. The risotto had a few 'al dente' spots to it which I blame on the availability of proper cooking tools (I didn't use the right pot - too lazy to clean it).
Everyone loved everything and the shocker for me was that almost everyone loved and ate the tuna. Even Limor's grandfather enjoyed it and I wouldn't expect him to eat raw tuna!
Some didn't eat it though, but their portions were scarfed down by my mom...
We aren't necessarily looking forward to the next time cuz it was a lot of work, I really had a good time doing it and I do look forward to next weeks Friday night dinner.
To be around your family and friends is the best thing. My little brother Danny is now in the Israeli Army and we miss him but Zoob, if you're reading this...the food is much better in Israel! Stay there and try not to get too homesick!