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I had just finished teaching two friends of mine how to drive; Rasheedah and Cherish. To celebrate about 3 months of intense driving lessons, I invited them over for a 3 course meal. Now that I think about it, they were to celebrate me for having the patience to teach them how to drive. It really wasn’t an easy task.

I was driving home from work with my driving companions; Virginia and Chinasa when I asked about chicken tikka. I really do not remember the question but Chinasa wanted to know why I asked such a question; she was intrigued. I had to tell her what I had planned for my grandaunts. Chinasa decided to invite herself for the feast. Virginia who was asleep at the back woke up and magically invited herself too. This was how two guests turned into four guests.

I decided to prepare Empanadas for starters along with a chocolate drink. This was the first time preparing empanadas, so I didn’t want to mess it up. My main issue really was the dough. I have had bad experiences with making dough, including pizza dough. This day wasn’t one of the days. When my dough began to stop breaking apart was when I realised it was going to be a good day. I even made a sauce to go with my empanadas. It was a concoction of fish sauce, relish, salt, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and pepper.

The chocolate drink was pretty straight forward. It is something I do regularly but this was the first time this group of people were having it.

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Chinasa especially loved the drink. Even after I told her that too much of it would be bad for her, she still insisted on having more. As a good friend, I gave her more.

Next on the menu was the main course. It was rice with chicken tikka masala. Next I went out to look for masala powder and turmeric. I only found turmeric and was left with no choice but to make the masala powder myself.

Eventually I began making the powder when my sister asked what I was doing. As I narrated how fruitless my journey was to find masala powder was, she reaches into the cupboard and drops masala powder in front of me.

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At this point in time, everyone was already filled up but I really didn’t care. I went on to prepare dessert.

I mixed whipped cream with blended peanuts and added it to plain vanilla ice cream. The result was a peanut ice cream. I continued with this trend and made peanut mug cakes.

Mug cakes generally use the same ingredients as normal cakes but at different measurements. The resulting mixture is kept in a microwave for about 2 minutes. It is just Simple, fast and delicious.

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I still wasn’t done but I realised I had to slow down a bit. I didn’t want to be responsible for the death of my guests. What would I have told their parents?

We decided to watch a movie while most of their food digested. At this point in time, we had all forgotten the essence of the get together. It really didn’t matter, as long as everyone was having a good time.

We decided to watch a movie while most of their food digested. At this point in time, we had all forgotten the essence of the get together. It really didn’t matter, as long as everyone was having a good time.

I also made caramel popcorn. I had gone to a store to buy caramel popcorn but it was way more expensive than normal popcorn. So I bought normal popcorn, made caramel sauce and poured it over the popcorn and Walah, cheap caramel popcorn.

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It brings me great joy when I am able to invite friends over, I cook for them and they not only enjoy my meals, but also have fun all the through.

I think it would be a nice idea to invite some of my occasional readers for a 3-course meal. What do you think?

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