Last week I met 3 Swedish students that are here in Hangzhou to study a semester at the local university. I’m an extrovert (I’m sure most of you figured THAT out by now!) and the young man in the group was wearing a Miami Dolphins cap, so of course, being the Dolfan that I am, I said hello! By the end of the conversation I had invited Jacob, Diana and Hanna to my flat for dinner on Friday. Tatiana, one of my colleagues, also joined us.
On the menu:
Roast (this one was a prime rib hunk of love!)
Spaghetti squash (that turned out to be pumpkin, lol!)
Roasted vegetables – Onions, yam (which ended up being Taro) and carrots **TARO IS *NOT* LOW CARB… just so you know.
I cooked the roast for 3.5 hours in the toaster oven and it was PERFECT… I had to fight the urge to not consume it before the guests arrived! The meat fell apart with the fork. In the container with the roast I added the onions, taro and carrots.
I also put the “spaghetti” squash I cut in half, cut size down in a different pan and added the balance of the onions, taro and carrots and baked in the toaster oven (after the roast was done) for 50 minutes. This is when I realized that the “spaghetti” squash wasn’t and went to plan B 😀
Plan B was removing the flesh from the pumpkin, mashing it, adding in 4 pkts of Splenda, a Tbs of ghee and a tsp of cinnamon… OH MY GOODNESS was this yummy!
I threw the salad together and welcomed my guests… we had a lovely dinner! Here’s the pics!
After everyone left I did a quick clean up and then went for a short 3 km run around the block… perfect way to end the evening!
Hunk of prime rib love… Mmm! You should always brown each side of the meat before roasting in the oven.
Just browning this made the house smell delish!
Carrots, celery, taro and onion… perfect compliments to a roast!
Seasonings… keep it simple!
Taro in all it’s purply glory… It’s quite starchy, but has a lot of bang for it’s buck… it’s full of fiber and tastes a bit nutty.
Ready for the toaster oven!
My Un-spaghetti squash… it was yummy anyways!
Falling apart with a fork!
The veggies after I removed from the roasting pan… Nom!
Making Mashed Pumpkin
Mixed Salad… I love adding purple cabbage for color and taste!
Dinner ready for the guests!
Hanna, Tatiana, Diana and Me… Lovely dinner companions!
One of the awesome things about living abroad is the people you meet. We have choices in life. We can go about our business and walk around with our eyes averted or we can keep our eyes open and look for new friendships. I choose the latter. I have met so many amazing people from all over the world these past 4 years living abroad… treasures, every one of them and lots of stories I have of my journey, as I head back home for good in 10 days.
Do you extend yourself to strangers?
p.s. added a pic of my Blue Sparkly Notebook to the last post 🙂