I'm having a few people over tomorrow night, and have been in the kitchen creating for the past two days! What a blast--especially since my 2 yo loves helping now. I got to dig out my beloved calaphon pans & cooking with them is pure nirvana. So the menu is quasi-Caribbean (very festive!) Grilled jerk chicken (there will be carnivores there,) baked plantains, homegrown cuke & pear tomato salad, coconut rice, and roasted sweet potatoes w/lime & cilantro.
And, drumroll please, for dessert- homemade peach cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream!
I've grown most of the herbs and all of the peppers (scotch bonnet, jalapeno, etc.) myself--which is just so cool, I love my collection of peppers.
The inspiration for this meal is a homesick Australian friend of mine--I hope it makes her feel more connected here. Now I have to go do the dishes...