So we've been trying to immerse ourselves in plenty of Brasilian culture over the course of the last few months. (And by "culture" I guess I am mostly referring to the food, because, oh buddy, it is good!) But, we thought we'd turn the table for a night and introduce some friends to a little American culture now!
Tomorrow night we have two of Eric's co-workers and their families coming over for supper - American style! There will be nine of us total, and last night Eric and I finalized the menu:
Baked Chicken Breast drenched in homemade BBQ Sauce
Green Beans cooked with bacon
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Garden Salad (complete with salad dressing-not olive oil as is usually the standard here)
Apple Pie with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (because what's more American than that?!)
Frozen Angel Toffee Dessert
I am on a personal mission to convince the people here that Americans don't eat hamburgers, french fries, and pizza everyday! Well, okay I know some Americans do, but the mass majority of us actually have some variety in our diets! (I observed my first ESL class this week. It was a "conversation class" that had four 13-14 year olds enrolled. This week's lesson was on food. I had a hard time convincing the kids that I actually ate vegetables and fruit even when I lived in the US!)
Anyway, I figured that I'd better start the cooking this afternoon unless I wanted to spend all day tomorrow in the kitchen. So, I went ahead and made the mac and cheese (will just bake it tomorrow), the apple pie, and the angel food cake that I need for the frozen dessert. I thought that after making only 3 dishes I could pretty well illustrate what I mean when I say that I create a lot of dirty dishes when I cook!
I also realized today that I should have just gone ahead and moved everything except the big appliances from my kitchen when we moved. I thought, "Oh, I won't need my tube pan for anything!" And now we know why I am attempting to make angel food cake in loaf pans! I also thought, "Oh, I won't need my fluted pan," and now I have 12 egg yolks left over from making the angel food cake and I am just going to have to make a pound cake to toss in the freezer and here I am once again without the proper equipment. And I thought, "Oh, I won't need all my mixing bowls down in Brasil." But, alas, I do!
So tomorrow I'll finish off the meal and get ready to entertain our guests! YEA! I do love a good dinner party! :)