Well, yesterday, we were the host family. I did not feel comfortable taking photos, but I so adore photos with posts that I submit, instead, Genevieve making a jungle gym where there is none in our passage way (photos by my husband).
green salad with peppers, radishes, carrots, cukes
blood orange sorbet
-make ciabatta, using this recipe (it's essentially New York Times No-Knead bread)
-make ANZAC Biscuits
make lasagne, freeze
put board in table
wash and chop lettuce - spin and then refrigerate in salad spinner
chop up salad veggies and put in salad bowl in fridge
put frozen lasagnes on time bake
put olives in a bowl
combine and toss the salad
warm the ciabatta in the hot oven
This is the third time we've been host family and here is what I've learned:
Stick with familiar dishes - ones that I am confident making, that are generally liked.
Make a vegetarian meal.
Do as much as possible before Sunday noon.
Make an effort to relax and focus on the guests - the good food and clean house are supposed to aid the fellowship, not be an end in themselves.
Good tips! We've done this for years(played host family to people visiting our church) and it's always received so well. Sometimes our guests stayed for hours and we felt like we had new friends by the time they left.
I've never made pasta and I'm quite intimidated by the thought. Perhaps you can ease my fears sometime with some tips or recipe. :-)
S, I've linked to my pasta tutorial now in the post. Here's the link as well:
I really don't consider it hard to make pasta - just needs time to plan ahead and roll out. But it's not a skill like baking a cake or making pie crust :)
I love how your church has a formal rotation for hosting guests. It's an excellent way of keeping hospitality top of mind and insuring that visitors are never overlooked.
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