For Justin and I – and no doubt everyone else that attended the Sunday Lunch – the preparations began the day before. We signed up to make mashed potatoes, which sounds easy enough, but we were told that there may be roughly 40-50 people there so that is quite a bit of mash to make! In order to not make it a boring task for one of us, we turned it into a night of fun and laughter by treating it as a “cooking-date”. We drank wine, listened to Christmas music, peeled, boiled and mashed! We didn’t count, but I’m sure that we bought about 40 large potatoes (three grocery bags full). With them we planned to prepare one large pot of garlic butter mash and another of sweet potato mash. By the end of the evening, when everything was done, we looked at the two large pots and realised that there was no way that either of them could fit into our refrigerator! That was when we decided to do as the Chinese folk would… we sealed the pots and then placed them out on the freezing cold balcony. At times we are pretty sure that it is colder than our refrigerator out there anyway! When we got to the Thanksgiving lunch the following day, our hosts told us that they had done the same thing with the dishes that they had prepared. When in Rome!
|Our wonderful hosts|
These two lovingly opened their home to all of us, and we appreciate that they are always so inviting. On Thursdays Elijah and I visit with McKenzie and her two youngest children. Her husband, Nik, comes home to have lunch with all of us. It has been great getting to know another mom here in Qingdao, and I really enjoy spending time with them in their home.
|Mommy and daughter|