And by surprise, I mean on me. It all started with a big package of frozen baby back ribs. It's the weekend, so I'm thinking - well, someone will turn up to feed. I thawed them out, rubbed them with my favourite dry rub and then things started to happen.
Friend Kim shows up - are they busy for dinner? No! Can the kids come? Of course. Even the vegan daughter? Of course. I run out to pick up a can of chick peas to make my standard vegan main dish: Moroccon spiced roasted carrots, sweet potatoes and chick peas.
Kim's parents show up. Care to join us for dinner? Of course! I pull out a big package of boneless chicken thighs. Defrost in microwave and make tandoori marinade (jarred tandoori paste mixed with yogurt).
Friend Iain shows up. Everyone's coming for dinner - how about you and Linda? Sure! Quick defrost 6 chicken breasts and add to tandoori bunch.
I decide I'll have to cook all the fiddleheads I picked the other day. I'm ok with that. I rinse them and par-boil.
Nancy and Leni show up with bottle of wine - bad day, car broke down, etc., etc. Drink wine. Invite for dinner. They stay. Add another head of lettuce to salad.
Four more friends show up - just passing through. Glass of wine? Dinner? Of course! Throw rest of potatoes into pot - another head of lettuce, pull last baguette out of freezer.
In the end there were 19 of us. I had a few potatoes left over, a bit of salad, and 3 small pieces of chicken. Also a baguette. I served no dessert except for a bag of grapes I thought to wash and throw onto a plate. Absolutely hilarious considering it all started with my husband and me and a package of frozen ribs. Great dinner, and absolutely no stress.
Just thought I'd share. It was a very funny evening.