Sunday, May 5, 2013

A karmic case of dinner, cooked by an Ambassador himself



You can probably call it a case of (good) karma.

Last night, I cooked dinner at home for an ambassador of an important country to the Philippines and his wife. It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening, and we talked about everything under the sun.

They raved about my cooking, as well, which is something you might expect from guests who are experts in diplomacy. But the real proof was in the eating.

The food was wiped out clean.

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JUST A PLAIN GUEST TONIGHT...

This time it was my turn to just sit back, relax and enjoy the food.

Tonight, I had dinner at the home of another ambassador of an important country to the Philippines, together with six other guests.

The ambassador cooked us the five-course meal himself, and he also shopped for all the ingredients.

As you can imagine, tonight was very special.

First course of a lovely pumpkin soup


THE AMBASSADOR'S COOKING...

It's not very unusual for ambassadors to invite their friends over to their homes for a sit-down dinner.

But this is the first time that I've actually enjoyed a sit-down dinner with flowers, place cards and all; and the ambassador himself has cooked every single course except dessert.

Salmon topped with caviar for a second course


What a lovely meal it was. 

I'm not at all exaggerating by describing the meal as truly delicious, well-planned and plated so beautifully.

I enjoyed every course.

The third course was goat.
I requested for the vegetarian plate for this course instead.
There was a vegetarian option for dinner tonight.

PERSONALLY PREPARED 
AND SO PROFESSIONALLY PRESENTED

The good ambassador had to stand up at the end of each course to prepare each new dish. And then he joined us to eat his own cooking as soon as he'd prepared a dish for everyone.

I said to him: "Ambassador, you can easily do a career switch later on, and open a restaurant."

It was that good.

And all the ingredients were fresh. Apparently, he'd been working on this meal since last night, and it had taken him most of the afternoon to prepare as well.

The fourth course was a really delicious pair of prawns
in a creamy sauce


A REAL INSPIRATION

This ambassador is full of humanity and kindness.

At the beginning and at the end of dinner, he said something which I can only hope to quote verbatim as I didn't take notes: "A house is only bricks and mortar. It's the presence of friends that give it soul and life."

Such a beautiful expression.

This certainly inspired me to cook more meals for my friends, in between my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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