This semester Margaret and I (together we are Marberly) have started having people over to our apartment more often. Our apartment really is the perfect little space for hosting dinner parties, and although we definitely aren’t professional chefs, we do enjoy cooking. We only have four chairs, so if we have more than two guests, we have to repurpose a little table as an extra stool. We have just enough bowls, plates and silverware for everyone if we plan carefully. We have a wok, a frying pan, and a pot (but only one burner) in addition to a rice cooker and a toaster oven. It’s fun trying to make the most out of what we have!
We’ve already hosted two dinners, one brunch and already have tons of ideas of different things we’d like to try for our next brunch/lunch/dinner party. For example, since we don’t have very many female students, we’re planning to have a “girl’s night” and invite our sophomore girls over to make fruit smoothies (Jess & Maggie, if you’re reading this, the blender is awesome!). I was also thinking how it would be fun to have some students over for an Easter Egg dying party, because that is something that I’m sure most Chinese students have never done before.
In addition to cooking at home for guests, I’ve also been trying to plan more lunch and dinner dates with friends. It’s a great excuse to try a new restaurant (or go back to an old favorite) and very affordable, with the average meal costing US $1-3. A blog post with pictures of some of my favorite dishes is in the works…
Writing this post made me very hungry. I think I’m going to get a snack now!