Sunday, November 5, 2006

A Dinner Party SoRMuiJAi style

Nothing is never "normal" in my life. And a dinner party isn't any different. When I invited a bunch of friends over for dinner, I told them that the cuisine of the night would be Turkish and Greek. and to go with the theme, everyone was to rock up in costume. Now, Moishii and Christine know me, and they know that I'm not kidding when I'm expecting people to rock up in costume. Whilst Gus, well, I think Gus knows I'm not kidding, but he's hoping to feign innocence and get away without a costume. But I know Gus better, so I had a costume preplanned for him. And the same with Alan, since Alan thinks I'm on acid when I demanded that people rock up in costume. He doesn't actually think I'm stupid enough to go through with it. Well guess what? I'm stupid enough.

I finally get to wear my belly dancing costume!!

Moishii the confused belly dancing terrorist

"OMG you guys are frickin nuts!" Christine

"OK, this toga has lowered my testosterone levels by like THIS MUCH"

"God, why did I agree to come??"

Now since I've got everyone dressed up, and I was doing a Turkish/Greek night, we thought we would take it all the way. We're eating on the floor! Too bad I was missing the traditional turkish cushions. But Moishii helps spice up the place with a whole range of Turkish decorations. But it probably wasn't the best idea to put pointy wooden spoons ALL AROUND THE FLOOR because I practically put one through my foot every time I walked through the place. So we had the belly dancing music pumping through the speakers, a chick in a G-String belly dancing on screen to set all the guys in the mood. The punch was made and the food was ready. Lets chow down!

Setting up on the floor - Note the deadly spoons along the edges


I accidently left the vineleaves soaking in the pot of water I cooked it in for too long. That unfortunately diluted the taste. Might have to make another batch soon to satisfy my cravings.


Now, I haven't made babaganoush in yearrrrrrrrrs. The first time I made it, I didn't roast the eggplants anywhere near long enough, I put toooooo much garlic and I basically ended up throwing the whole pot out. Yes, a pot full. This time, well this time I was smarter. And I came out yummmmm! Even if I do say so myself. I had roasted them over an open fire long enough to make the eggplants soft and silky giving it a lovely smokey flavour. I spiced it up with just enough garlic and lemon to give it a pungent tang. I just had some for lunch and it tasted even better than it did last night. Next time I'm going to make it a day in advance!

Cacik / tzatziki

This was alot easier to make than I expected. I went a bit to happy on the salt though, but definately will make it again next time!!

Coban salatasi (Shepard's salad)

This was my absolute favourite salad when I was holidaying in Turkey. Its simple but oh so yummy. I think it had something to do with the tomatoes. I've never really tasted tomatoes until I had them in Turkey. What we have in Australia is not tomatoes. But this is as close as I am going to get to having the salad without going overseas this year. Its sooooooo simple to make as well! Chopped tomatoes, cucumber and parsley. Squeeze some fresh lemon over the top, mix and eat. MMMMmmm


I didn't realise how hard it is to get lamb mince in my area. I must shop in Auburn next time. I had to pay $14 for a 2kg leg of lamb, ask them to debone it and THEN mince it, leaving me with less then 800g of lamb mince. However, it was worth it. I don't think it would've tasted half as good with beef mince. I think they turned out alright. Moishii reckons they were nice, but something was missing from the just didn't scream "TURKISH!!!" to me. It was probabaly more "turkish" than "TURKISH!!!". But it was still nice. Just not very "TURKISH!!"


A Turkish/Greek night would not be complete without a big tray of hearty Moussaka. Luckily it was rainy and freezing cold on the night as well. The moussaka came out nice. I haven't had an authentic one is so long, I'm not sure how "Greek" it is, but nonetheless, it was good. The egg plant was soft, and the potatoes had absorbed most of the flavour. I'm going to enjoy my lunch tomorrow :D

I was originally going to make galatoboureko, which is the Greek custard filo pastry. But I lost my recipe. I've searched high and low, and I cannot find my recipe. I could probably make it up as I go, but I wasn't in the mood. I was going to ditch the whole dessert thing. But 2 hours before everyone was due to arrive, it suddenly occurred to me, a dinner party isn't a dinner party without dessert! So I quickly whipped up a custard filo tart thing with some fresh fruit.

Now that dinner was over, we decided to watch our holiday DVD which is dedicated to Christine. I previously blogged about our night out at Surfer's Paradise and left out a huge chunk of our night. I can now reveal what happened. We had been walking around with a video camera, and for some reason, when people see us, they all want to say "Hi!!" to the camera. So instead of just saying "Hi!!" to the camera, we asked them to say "Hi!!" to Christine. We gave a whole range of reasons from, its her birthday, to she's been in an accident and is lying in hospital and unable to come to the GC with us.

So we got heaps of footage hey. So we set ourselves a challenge, lets ask someone to flash Christine, on camera. We even agreed that we were NOT going home until someone atleast shows an ass crack to the camera. This is when Moishii starts to scream that we're never going to get home then. So after dinner and multiple drinks later, we started roaming through the streets of Surfers. We entered a bar contemplating having a drink, when we remember they charged us $9 for a shot the last time we were here. So we decided to go to another bar instead, as we step out of the bar, we're standing around discussing as to where we should go when we hear a "Hey!".

We turned around and saw 2 guys sitting on a bench outside the bar. One of them decided to ask us if we're filming a pornography or something. Without thinking twice, I asked him to say hi to Christine, and if he could flash her for us. He stood up, and proceeded to play with the zipper on his pants. The next thing you know, the guy has pulled his sack out. Yes, thats right. Thinking we weren't even going to get an ass crack, we get a sack from the very first guy we asked. And he didn't think twice about it! He stood up, whipped his sack out, and waggled it around infront of the camera. We make a quick get away whilst laughing our heads off. This is going to be one of those nights. We immediately went to have a shot of alcohol after getting a sack in our face. The rest is a bit of a blur, we basically here is a run down of what happened after the sack.

- We got an ass crack
- We had a shot
- We got a nipple
- We got 2 sets of boobs
- We had a shot
- We got more ass
- Some guy told me he wanted to put his penis between my boobs
- We had a shot
- We got accused of being terrorists
- Some guy wanted to lick my arm
- We had a shot
- We got the sausage
- We had a shot

And so on and so on. All of them dedicating their wangers to Christine. And all captured on film. How good are we?? So when we were trying to find a souvenier present for Christine, we knew exactly what to get her:

"Open it!! open it!!"


Then some smart arse decided to throw it onto my ceiling......

Its hanging by the nuts!


We spent a good 10mins waiting for the damn thing to fall off the ceiling! Who knew that you could be hanging by a nut for so long? We were going to try and grab a ladder to pull the thing off (Since I didn't want my parents coming home and seeing a wanger growing from the ceiling!!" when it finally came off! Then it was a whole "hot potatoes" thing where it was throw from one side of the room to the other. Somehow, we found the whole throwing of a fake limp sausage highly amusing......

Like I said, nothing is never normal in my life. Not even a dinner party.

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