Hostessing

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While getting the house together, I was most excited about having people over: hosting fun gatherings and sharing food. So I was pretty ecstatic to plan my first brunch, spending almost a week researching recipes and putting things together.

I have to say that even though I had faith in myself that I could pull it off, I did end up surprising myself by how it all came together. Because while everything was still in the kitchen, it looked like it would be a disaster.

For a start, I learned how to make a quiche just for the occasion, which anyone will tell you is quite difficult. Mine had a filling of roasted tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese. It gave me such a hard time with the crust though! Now I know how to roll it properly and what pan to use.

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But it wasn’t challenging enough, the menu also included halloum and tomato skewers, scrambled eggs and sausages, toast and an assortment of cheeses and jams, and a chocolate caramel tart. My friend also brought along some crossiants. Side note: there is no way I would ever make crossiants myself!

My first hostess gig also taught me a lot on when to start plating, how to set up the table, how to be more attentive to my guests and make sure everyone has a great time. These are things they do not teach you in school or even as you are growing up, you just have to hope for the best and give it a shot.

It might end up teaching you more than you ever thought. Like how to not underestimate yourself because you can really do it.

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