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I swear I am solar-operated. After a general funk I’d sunk into during the last couple of weeks, my energy came back this weekend, following in the footsteps of glorious sunshine.

We kicked off the weekend on Friday by resuming our dinner party tradition. Given how much I like cooking, and Dan socializing, we try to have people over for dinner parties as often as we can. Which, last year, was almost never. Hopefully we’re back on track.

Cooking a full sit-down dinner for 6-8 people is much different from making a table of nibbles for a crowd, and I enjoy the challenge. So many new recipes to try! Although this time, for the main course I decided to go with the combination we stumbled on a few weeks earlier – Serious Eats’ Coriander-Orange-Scented Red Lentil Soup with Smitten Kitchen’s Cauliflower and Caramelized Onion Tart. A mixed salad topped with slices of peach and aged white cheddar added some freshness. Being a sucker for chocolate, I had to finish with Ms. Humble’s decadent Frangelico Dark Chocolate Mousse, which has been in my “to make” pile for ages, waiting for an appropriate occasion.

Given how much I talk about cooking, you may wonder why I never post any recipes like all those food blogs. Well, part of it is certainly laziness – I don’t have the time to sit there and type out the recipe, and make food all pretty for pictures. The other reason is that in general, I’ll only try a recipe if I mostly agree with the ingredients/methods used in it – and I don’t want to plagiarise by copying on my blog word for word a recipe someone else came up with. Which means that most of my entries would look like the above paragraph.

Until today. Well, Friday. Because I actually came up with an appetizer so delicious I just had to share. Especially since it seems like something I will have a hard time keeping away from in the summer. I’m very bad at coming up with names for things, and Dan is in the middle of his assisted nap now, so I’ll just have to call these Cucumber and Crab slices.

1 package imitation crab meat

3-4 Tbsp sweet chili sauce

1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp paprika

salt & pepper to taste

cucumber, cut into fairly thick slices

1. Very finely chop the “crab”. Actually, next time I think I will use my food processor to try to get a more light and fine consistency.

2. Add in the chili sauce, mayo, paprika and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Let sit in the fridge for a couple of hours – I actually made it ahead and left in the fridge overnight.

3. Slice the cucumber, and heap 1/2 to 1 Tbsp (amount depends on how much… girth your cucumber has) of the crab mixture on each slice.

4. Bring with you outside and enjoy with a nice refreshing glass of white wine. Mmmmm.

On Saturday, all the boys abandoned us to hold a bachelor party for Mike – so, in typical fashion, the girls retaliated by holding a girls’ night with lots of delicious food and ample wine.

Today, I finally got around to making that postcard board I’ve been dreaming about for so long. I have to say it was quite straightforward, although not kind to my back since everything was done on the living-room floor. The only non-trivial part was keeping the ribbons aligned parallel to each other, and even that was more time-consuming than actually complicated. I’m incredibly happy with how the board turned out! And now I’m another step closer to having the kitchen look like I want it to look!

The good news? It looks awesome. The bad news? I’m going to have to make another one soon, because apparently we have enough postcards to pretty much fill up this one already. Thanks to all you lovely people for all the sent postcards – can you now see just how much I love getting postcards?! 🙂

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