Thursday in Orlando
The party continues.
Getting a pleasantly slow start to the day, we trundled off to play bridge. Gail played with Susan, I played with Martha, a bridge teacher/director/club owner who is a good friend of Susan’s.
The game was small, 8 tables. We came in 2nd by only 1 miserable point, which we never had any opportunity to pick up. Yeah, that’s it.
The big deal was dinner. Peter Parker becomes Spiderman, Bruce Wayne is Batman and Clark Kent changes in phone booth to become Superman. Karl decided some years ago to start cooking, and has become quite the gourmet chef. When Karl slips on his custom made chef’s coat, he becomes Julian, chef de cuisine at his own private palace of fine dining, 530 on the 18th. Julian doesn’t just leaf through a cook book, he researches each recipe online, knowing the history and background and concepts behind it. We spent the day playing cards; he spent the day cooking. All day.
We were 7 for dinner–Karl, Susan, me and Gail, Martha (you have to give people dinner to get them to play with me), another friend Jerry (a fiesty female type) and Frances. Lovely, wonderful Frances.
The meal was a major Karl extravaganza. We started with crackers and cheese and artichokes with the pre-prandial drinks, then moved to the table for the main event.
First off, an homage to Gail, her favorite starter, beef carpaccio:
Next was a perfectly prepared composed guacamole salad:
To make a meal a feast, you just add frog’s legs:
Finally, the main course. A sweet potato gratin, salmon with miso sauce and asparagus avec hollandaise.
There was no dessert; we were left with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes as a perfect finish to the meal.
There was another purpose to this dinner party: a large box had arrived at the Rowleys house, and needed to be dealt with:
Well, Gail was there, but she declined to open the box, because it was a present for Susan. The box cutter was quickly applied:
Susan dug down in the packaging and figured out what was inside:
Then raced over to hug her best friend in the whole world:
Then had to go to her husband:
What was in the box, you wonder? Art. We have a piece of sculpture that Susan particularly admires, by Kevin Nierman.
Gail asked Kevin to make a similar piece for Susan, and it came out beautifully.
So that was our dinner–the best company, fantastic food and some tears. Life is good.