Hosting at Home #3 – Dinner with new friends

Hello! ?

A couple of weeks ago, I invited friends over for dinner. It’s been a while since we hosted dinner! I was going through the blog and it seems that the last time was in August 2017. Click here for the post. Nahhh, that can’t be right! Actually, we did have friends over since August, I just didn’t write about it.

So, like I mentioned in the title, we invited new friends for dinner. I find that it’s always a little tough making new friends as adults. It’s hard to explain why it’s so difficult, but it just isn’t the same as childhood friends. Plus, it’s so hard here in Metz, France because of the cultural differences.

Anyways, we invited 2 couples – a Japanese couple and a Cambodian friend married to a French woman – as well as a French colleague of my husband’s and a Filipina friend. I also invited a good friend of mine, who cancelled at the last minute. Grrr…

I was pretty excited about dinner. Unfortunately, I was dumb enough to not take photos. Again, grrrr …

I went with a typical Filipino menu (save for dessert), starting with …

Filipino Empanadas


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Baked Tahong


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Lumpia Togue


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Grilled Liempo


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Sweet and Sour Fish


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Sinigang na Baboy


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and to accompany all this, Steamed White Rice.


I know it might seem a lot. Well, it really is a lot, but we, Filipinos, like a table full of food for our guests. I still have to manage the fact that food cools down way faster in France contrary to the Philippines. I really have to find a solution for that.

Like I mentioned earlier, I prepared homemade desserts, but they were not Filipino. Personally, I am not a big fan of Filipino or Asian desserts, so I don’t really see myself preparing something I don’t particularly like. When I was in the Philippines, I liked to end my meal with Tropical Fruits.

But I did make desserts. Trio of Chocolate Mousse, Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis, and Strawberry Gelato. All homemade. Yummm. 

Till next time! 🙂

xoxo Elodie





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