I’ve come to realise that Linda is the Queen of Themed Parties… and I’m startled to find that I’m really warming up to this dressing up business! I definitely moan less about having to think of a costume now – especially when I heard about what Linda’s got planned for our Easter break (already!).
this year last year’s theme was Mexican and oh boy, were there a lot of dodgy looking moustaches around (fake and real). Anticipating a hot summer (*snorts*), we bought a slightly dodgy-looking above-ground pool and so we had a Mexican Pool Party! We of course had to have Mexican food (albeit made with an Asian spin on it) and lots of booze to go with. Whoo!
First up were tacos. Unfortunately, the guacamole and salsa were made first and being the pigs we are, we “accidentally” ate most of it before the rest of the taco bits were done. Howie made a commendable attempt in curbing our enthusiasm for the guacamole and salsa, but we could not be denied – they were just too good! Things quickly went downhill when Minh arrived with some Doritos. Good thing there were heaps of the utterly amazing pulled pork and had lots to spare despite our constant nibbling.
An est-thrown party is not complete without LFC, Linda’s Fried Chicken, which was awesome as always. A bad move on my part saw me sitting right next to the roasted potatoes with chorizo – while everyone was busy polishing off the chorizo, I was quietly finished off most of the spuds haha.
I was also sitting next to Linda’s adaption of whiteonricecouple’s Hot Chorizo Dip and though I didn’t know what it was everyone kept asking me what it was! Haha. I replied something along the lines of: something cheesy, tomato-y and careful, it’s spicy! I found out just how spicy it was the hard way… much to my dismay. (New year’s resolution: increase my chilli tolerance??)
Howie barbecued some wonderfully fresh prawns and made his version of Ms. G’s corn with lashings of mayonnaise, a squeeze of lime, dusting of cayenne pepper and grated parmesan. Delicious. I don’t know about everyone else, but I was seriously getting full at this point.
Maybe it didn’t help that I kept sneaking back to the quiet corner of the backyard where Howie was also barbequeing the beef and ox tongue and nabbing the pieces he had sliced up. Pure mouthful of heaven. I had to give myself a stern talking to so I wouldn’t eat all of the tongue myself and stiffly walked away whenever I thought I’ve been lingering too long. Of course, they didn’t last as soon as they hit the table.
On top of the usual beer, we were fully stocked with Rekorderlig’s ciders; I adore their strawberry and lime cider and didn’t realise there were other flavours too! The guys also bought the wildberries and apple and blackcurrant flavours, both of which were equally as scrumptious… and dangerous (yeah, bit of a light-weight. Much to my dismay, I get tipsy on just one bottle despite having a full stomach. Bah).
A party is not complete without vodka jelly shots!! These are infinitely more dangerous, as I found out last year, but oh so good. One of Howie’s friends made a fantastic butterscotch liqueur and Bailey’s jelly, which definitely was a hit with everyone.
We managed to set up the pool before dusk fell, but we didn’t factor in just how long it would take in filling up the pool itself. So by the time it was ready, the daylight was on its last legs and a chilly breeze had picked up. We pretty much stood around it, poking at each other; there were lots of: “you go in” “no, you go in first!” until one of us were crazy enough to go in, then four more crazies followed.
In our minds, a Mexican party is not complete without having to bash open a pinata! F and I were in charge of the pinata and initially we were going to make it from scratch until F discovered just how tedious he found the paper mache-ing. The store bought ones were pretty cool actually and in hindsight, we really shouldn’t have packed so many lolly bags into the pinata cavities (some of them burst open on impact).
I’m not sure if you’re familiar with The Human Centipede (I won’t go into it here, but look it up… or perhaps it’s best if you don’t actually), but the guys have been morbidly fascinated with the idea ever since watching the movie last year. Thus, debuted the Pinapede. I was so embarrassed carrying this into my car from F’s house; his neighbours were outside and we drew more than a few curious / strange looks.
Happily, when the pinatas burst it rained lollies, Snickers and chocolate gold coins. Too much fun.
For dessert, Linda bought a lip-smacking Spanish tres leche cake (“Spanish?” we asked her. “Close enough” was her reply haha) and Minh made a creme caramel flan, which she really has perfected and of which I went for seconds. I would have gone for thirds and fourths, but by this stage, I was really unenviously full.
As the end of 2011 drew to a close, we blithely counted down to the new year (we actually had no idea exactly what time it was down to the second haha).
Party poppers and sparklers ushered the new year in. Whee! The revelry lasted long into the night with more food and singing songs accompanied by guitars.
The next day saw us waking up perhaps a little too early and blearily making our way to Iron Chef for our first meal of 2012. After stuffing ourselves silly at yumcha, we came back to soak up some rays and relax in the pool.
Well… maybe it wasn’t as restful as we thought it would be with Linda starting all sorts of mischief with the garden hose and when that broke, an esky. Haha no one was safe and we kept a suspicious eye out for Linda and her sneakiness.
Despite just coming back from having yumcha (which was technically brunch I guess), Linda fried up some more chicken goodness, throwing in some prawns and chicken curry for good measure for lunch. Although the LFC and LFP (Linda’s Fried Prawn) were delicious on their own, accompanying the fried goodies were home-made barbeque sauce, chimmichurri and coriander spring onion sauce.
I would have to say, our Mexican Pool Party was a success! There were so many shenanigans that even the dogs were tired out.
Happy new year everyone! 2012 is looking like a most delicious year.