November 29, 2004

Loaded Questions, Loaded People and Apples

Saturday was a mixed bag. We were disappointed when Chuck and Patty couldn’t make it, but Julie, BOB, Patti, and Mike were slated to show. But with new games to play and food in the offing, we were ready to stuff ourselves and have a few laughs. We were not disappointed on those counts.

My mind is always on the food, and I had wanted to make something simple. That never seems to work out as I fixate on a recipe. I went from envisioning a veggie stew (easy in crock pot) to teriyaki salmon (relatively labor intensive) and finally settled on something I’d wanted to try for a while. Shrimp Mozambique. While the shrimp peeling took some time, my friends didn’t seem to mind sharing the company of the kitchen and talking. If you’ve never had Shrimp Mozambique before, it’s shrimp in a number of spices (Goya seasoning) cooked in onions, parsley, garlic, butter and beer. It’s quite good served over rice. I’d also made an experimental potato dish, slow cooked in rosemary and dill. That worked as well.

Mike, unfortunately, did not make it when his car broke down in an extremely inopportune spot. He was met with several misfortunes that evening, which we later found out when I spoke to him over the phone. Our phone connection was bad, but apparently he did not go without dinner — his sister came to his rescue. We missed you, Mike! Next time.

The absences resulted in a huge surplus of food. Julie brought a huge salad with veggies and mushrooms. Bob and Patti supplied a great coriander Asian chicken noodle soup with rice noodles. They also brought a gluten-free pizza and a wonderful gluten-free apple crisp, and a couple of excellent wines as usual. Guys, you’re spoiling us.

By the time my plan to make a chocolate-flavored beverage which some call a chocolate martini (I hate calling anything without vermouth a martini) everyone was already full of food and spirits. But we forged ahead anyhow.

We played two new games that I liked immensely. Loaded Questions and Apples to Apples. Loaded Questions leads to all sorts of goofy situations and personal question type fun, so it makes for an interesting party game. Apples To Apples is a deceptively simple game of matching nouns to adjectives on cards, and judging the answers. It sounds a lot less than what it turns out to be when it’s played. Although, if you get lousy cards in that game, it’s not nearly as much fun as it ought to be.

In any case, after Bob and Patti left, I was zonkered, and I believe I fell asleep on the couch while we watched a few Family Guy episodes. What more can one ask for. Thanks, everyone for attending and we’ll see the rest of you at the Christmas party, or the next shindig.

Posted by James at November 29, 2004 9:44 AM
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Yep, you fell asleep. Maggie may have dozed off momentarily too. But I wasn't leaving until the episode was finished. ;)

It was fun. I really liked the Loaded Questions game (and I'm not just saying that because I WON, BWAHAHAHA!!!!!).

Posted by: Julie at November 29, 2004 1:04 PM

I am officially issuing you a Christmas dinner challenge.

Make one of these:

I think you'll thank me for it. :)


Posted by: Rui at November 29, 2004 1:52 PM

Did you drool on the couch? I sincerely hope not.

We had a great time. Everything was really yummy.

A turducken? Zounds! That's a lot of work.

Here's Chef Paul Prudhomme's recipe:

Posted by: Patti M. at November 29, 2004 2:32 PM

I think i liked Apples to Apples better and I'm not just saying that because I came in last in Loaded Questions. OK yes I am.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at November 29, 2004 3:22 PM

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