Let’s get it out of the way. I am a bowl slut, I just leave them all over the place. It’s my mother’s fault. She instilled in me the discipline of never arriving empty handed when invited to someone’s home. So, at every invitation, I ask “What shall I bring”. No matter how gracious the prospective hostess’s “Just yourself, Dear”; I still bring along a bowl of something.

And then I proceed to drink all their liquor and leave my bowl behind; never to see it again. Bowls, it seems, are like borrowed books; people grow fond of them and are reluctant to return them. I’ve probably lost upwards of 2 000 bowls in my life.

So, over the years, I have devised a cunning plan to hang onto my bowls: I lied to people and told them I suffer from a fear of going out and can only entertain at home. My strategy has worked and – as a result – I have a fairly active kitchen life.

Anyhow, I’ve settled into a formula for dinner parties: a showy-offy starter, a slow-cooked main course that I can get going the day before, and a take-it-or-leave-it dessert buffet that can survive into the new week’s lunch boxes if nobody is up for pudding.

Today I am hosting a recently married couple for lunch; they’re vegetarian and I’ve got everything ready ahead of time. Basil pesto to toss on some steamed asparagus and – just in time for my friend Tandy’s weekly food challenge – a savoury tart of brinjals and cheddar in phyllo, to go with my sweet potato chowder.

Et viola! I think a fruit platter will be sufficient for afters?


24 Comments Add yours

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    I hate having to ask for my dishes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      People are very odd.

  2. granny1947 says:

    Now do YOU collect their bowls?????
    Sounds delicious…wish I lived nearer.
    I must get the recipe from you…when the world cup is over I am dragging Lyndatjie over for a meal!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s very easy to make, and perfect for Lyndatjie. (I make sure nobody brings bowls; if they ask what to bring I say WINE!)

  3. bb(adair) says:

    Your brinjal tart looks really divine.Love brinjal in any shape or form.I take wine and flowers now(or chocolates).Also lost way to many bowls in my life time(and tupperwares because I’m forever giving people left overs).
    Hope you have a great(and warm)Sunday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also crazy about brinjals Adair. Hope your day is great too.

  4. Tandy says:

    love the reason for entertaining at home, and the tart of course! Hope the lunch is superb 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the challenge Tandy.

  5. supagran says:

    What time should I be there?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Why aren’t you here yet???

  6. Gosh that sounds good. Now I’m hungry all over again

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry, no leftovers 🙂

  7. klrs09 says:

    Sounds scrumptious — did your guests leave a bowl behind? and I like that description — ‘bowl slut’ — however, in my case I can’t help accumulating them — I see one, and I have to buy it — especially small, exquisitely made ones.

    1. nrhatch says:

      I collect handmade pottery with beautiful glazes ~ bowls (from large to small to tiny), small dishes for dips, etc.

      I don’t buy many these days, but I love the ones I’ve collected over the years.

      1. theonlycin says:

        I also collect them, and I am hopeless when it comes to platters, just can’t resist buying them.

  8. nrhatch says:

    Looks yummy!
    But what are brinjals?


    1. theonlycin says:

      Brinjals are eggplants / aubergines.

      1. nrhatch says:

        Sadly, I think that I asked once before and received the same answer . . . which apparently chose to fly the coop. : )

  9. Macavity says:

    Also have a love for bowls especially since I started making them – not letting those out of my sight!

    Hope you had a great lunch

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mac, I’m glad you’re enjoying pottery so much.

  10. Jingle says:

    Happy Father’s Day to Dads in your life.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Jingle.

  11. what a wonderful meal. omly vegetarians really know how to make a veggie meal you’d leave meat to enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well Sidey, I was a vegetarian for many years and I know it’s actually quite hard to make food exciting.

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