On Thursday night we were invited to spend Friday night on my business partner, Todd's boat. He recently bought a 39 foot Bayliner that he's about to LIVE ABOARD. I think it's true that the only thing better than owning a boat is having a friend that owns a boat because we had SUCH a lovely night out on the lake Friday night. Another couple joined with their almost 2-year old boy Henry and Todd's girlfriend Andrea also came. I ate my weight in chips and dip before grilling steaks on the back of the boat. It was the perfect summer in the city type of night.
Chorizo and onions go into the chicken fat:
Penny's little sister Daphne hijacks the pudding and causes outrage amongst the 3 year olds:
Nestling the chicken back in while the rice soaks up more broth:
Tucking in the prawns, mussels and clams, and sprinkling in some peas:
We popped a movie in for the kids to watch inside while we all enjoyed the paella outside. There was only one moment of screaming and crying from within to distract us from our second helpings. So, not too shabby.
I had this weird moment during dinner of realizing that this is so much like the childhood I grew up with. Except that we are now my parents in this version. How many times did my parents pop a movie in and pull the sofa bed out of the couch for Kristin and Craig and I to snuggle into while they were probably drinking wine with Kristin's parents; trading stories about how charming and annoying we all were? Little sister Daphne was tucked in at home (2 very close doors down) and monitored using the crafty system of FaceTime and iPhones while the "older" kids watched The Rescuers. Much in the same way that my and Kristin's little brothers were probably tucked in while we watched The Never Ending Story or Time Bandits (except let's be honest - they were probably being monitored in more of a "cross your fingers they stay asleep" sort of way back in the early 80's).
Edie and I made a chocolate zucchini cake to have after the paella, but I guess I didn't take any photos. Our neighbor grew the zucchini and we put it to good use making it as unhealthy as possible by making vegetables into cake. In fairness, it was good, but didn't hold a candle to the star of the evening - the paella. Also in fairness, there is only about 1 serving left of this giant bundt cake and we just made it yesterday morning so I guess it wasn't terrible either.