Saturday, November 8, 2014
A Friday dinner at Ken's
Von is houseminding at Ken's place while he is away on another cruise. She wanted to put on a "Thank You" dinner for Jenny and me so she had it at Ken's place. It was so many years since I had been there that I was not at all sure I remembered how to get there. In the event, however, I managed. I drove Anne's car in case I needed a SatNav to help. Her new Corolla has got all the bells and whistles. Anne drove us home with a few directions from me.
Simon made us an excellent curry and there was icecream afterwards. The curry was originally intended as a mutton curry but Simon could not find any butcher here that sold mutton. The dreaded fashion again, I suppose. So Simon made it with beef, which was not as good, he said. I believe him. Mutton is quite strong-tasting so would go well in a curry.
I teased Von a bit about slaughtering Rosemary -- her original pet lamb which very rapidly turned into a large sheep. But she assured me that Rosemary was "safe". There was some conversation for a while about the characteristics of the various sheep in Von's small flock. Lambs keep popping out so Von has trouble keeping the numbers in her flock down. All very New Zealand, of course. Von and Simon sometimes get a slaughtered full sheep from locals as a thankyou for something or other, so they always have mutton on hand in their freezer. It's sheep country where they are.
When the desserts were being considered, I made the observation that even if your main tummy is full, your dessert tummy still always had room. That amused everyone but they all hastened to agree.
I took along a bottle of Alsatian wine, which everyone spoke well of. Nanna abstained so the remaining 5 adults got a small glass each. there was no other alcohol.
Hannah plowed into her curry like the Johnson she is. After the meal she brought out a "Thomas the Tank Engine" toy from Ken's toy room and played with it for a while. It was a rather clever gadget. Ken's toy room is full of toys to cope with visiting grandchildren.
Von wore her LBD ("Little Black Dress") but I would have preferred her to wear the long full skirts she usually wears. I think she looks very feminine in them.