Monday, February 11, 2008

Chinese New Year

Happy Year of the Rat!
T. and I held a Chinese New Year cocktail party this weekend for his office. There were about 50 people, which is about as many people as came to our wedding........ I guess being the boss has its benefits. The menu was pretty good, although we had decided to make it a little more generic (ie. no whole fish or super long noodles) to appeal to less sophisticated tastes.
Crab Mousse in Cucumber Cups
5-Spice Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Chicken Curry Cups
Shrimp with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Orange Chicken
BBQ Short Ribs
Mini Egg Rolls with Spicy Mustard
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce
Pot Stickers with Ponzu Sauce
Teriyaki Sausages
Key Lime Cheesecakes
Kahlua Coconut Rolls
Mango Gelee
Fortune Cookies

The party was a success, although no one really knew what to say to me so I was pretty nervous. Everyone said they had a good time, which was the point. T helped with the decorating, and the house looked great. I was so rushed that I didn't get a chance to take any pictures, but it did look good. And I didn't quite plan well enough, so I was kind of late getting all the food on the table. I wanted everything to be fresh, so I guess I squeezed things a little too much.

The party was fine, and I think the food was pretty good. I guess I'm just not feeling very inspired lately. T is on a diet, and I need to lose weight, and I'm hardly ever home anyway. And I just don't have any friends to come over and eat the food. While T has plenty of work people we could have over, that is always nerve-wracking and I end up drinking too much and I don't have any fun. I guess I'm just feeling really isolated, and it kind of shows in my cooking. Maybe I'll try doing something elaborate for myself for Valentines day since T will be getting in late.

I don't even have the energy to write anything interesting. I'm just too tired, or worn out, or something. I'll try this again later.