I’m practically overflowing with bubbles of giddiness because of my good fortune!  (I’m picturing a glass of champagne. So should you.)

Two upcoming events are the cause of my glee.

On Friday, cooking compadres Ann and Jill are coming over, and we three are going to cook up an Indian feast to remember.  On the menu:

  • Samosas with tomato chutney and coriander chutney
  • Lamb curry
  • Sindhi gosht (beef)
  • Chana masaledar (chickpeas with onions, garlic, ginger)
  • Green beans with ginger
  • Stuffed paratha (bread stuffed with potato and spices)
  • Basmati rice
  • Raita

Holy moly yum!  I really can barely wait.

You may be asking, “so, what’s the deal with the Indian food?”

My friend Ann brought Jill as her date to one of my infamous parties, and I learned that Jill had been married to an Indian man for years.  Of course, she learned how to cook all of  these scrumptious dishes (and more!), and being a long-time lover of Indian cooking and food, I asked Jill for a lesson.  Much to my delight, Jill happily agreed to the idea, and finally after many months, we scheduled a date.

How lucky am I?

Even luckier than that, if you can believe it!

I was also recently invited to an invitation-only restaurant shindig.  I’m not sure if the restaurant is trying to keep it under wraps (I suspect not), but just in case, all I’ll say is it’s a highly anticipated opening of a certain Gastropub by an extremely well-regarded restaurant group in Milwaukee.  (I know that probably gives it away, but since only three people read this blog, and I think two are from out of town, I’m not really that worried about it.)

The event is for “socially networked” folks (follow me on Twitter), and while the restaurant might have found me through my Twitter account or blog, I think my invitation probably has more to do with my pal over at Burp!  I could be wrong, but hey, even if I am, it’s an excuse for me to promote her blog to all three of you.  It’s a great blog. Follow it.

I’ll be back with photos in a few days.