Women’s Happy Hours While Husbands Work

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Awesome food by awesome ladies

Awesome food by awesome ladies

Some of the best times that I have when my husband goes to work are Women’s Happy Hours where we have lots of food and all the absurd, interesting topics to share and laugh. It’s also a time we put our cooking skills to the test. We joke, we laugh, we tease each other, we exchange information and news etc etc. It’s always so relaxing and fun. We have always been such a happy, noisy bunch of ladies. I’m sure when each return to her own home, she is a better, happier wife and mother. All our husbands have to be happy and thankful when their wives go for such women’s happy hours.

Just recently we had a pot luck lunch. There were 15 of us and we came from different countries….Malaysia, China, Egypt, US, Singapore, Taiwan and Holland. As usual, there was so much awesome food. We talked about children, shopping, travels, beauty, food, politics and even H1N1 swine flu. Well, just look at these foods that we indulged in. It’s was such a FEAST! Sadly, I somehow missed out taking photos of a few dishes.

Kimchi pancake with kimchi

Kimchi pancake with kimchi

This kimchi pancake with the kimchi was made by me. I made kimchi every week so making this dish is easy. If you love kimchi, you can click on How To Make Korean Kimchi and to make the kimchi pancake, click on Healthy Korean Kimchi Pancake.

Bowls of laksa ready to fill

Bowls of curry laksa ready to be added laksa soup

There are 15 bowls of laksa ready to be topped up with the awesome laksa soup which is very flavourful and mildly spicy. This is a very popular Malaysian dish and very time-consuming to prepare. We are all very thankful to our friend for preparing this awesome dish for us and for hosting this wonderful event in her home. Just look at the awesome, beautiful presentation. I think she should open a laksa shop.

Delicious laksa

Delicious laksa

This is such a delicious-looking bowl of curry laksa that my friend cooked. Everyone finished their share. Just proves that it’s so good.

Beautiful bacon rolls

Beautiful bacon rolls

I love the amazing presentation of this dish. The combination of colours is just inspiring. This dish surely needs skill and patience to do all those delicate wrapping.

Delicious Vietnamese spring rolls

Delicious Vietnamese spring rolls

This dish is prepared by my American friend. It looks lovely and delicious. I’m inspired to make it one of these days.

Delicious prawn toast

Delicious prawn toast

This is a popular Chinese starter. Mmmmm….delicious. By the time I took this photo, half of it was gone.

A lovely meat dish

A lovely meat dish

This is another lovely dish with 2 types of meat. Again I love the colour combination and the flavours.

Tasty fried cabbage

Tasty fried cabbage

This dish may look plain but the taste was really good. I ate quite a lot of it. I was glad it was right in front of me.

Lovely chicken curry

Lovely chicken curry

I love the colour of this dish. Curry looks particularly tempting and delicious when it carries that bright red colour from chili in the curry paste. It’s again a very delicious dish that goes well with rice or noodles or even bread.

Delicious eggs and five spice meat stew

Delicious eggs and five spice meat stew

Oh, I love this dish. The taste was beautiful. I’m not sure how many pieces of egg did I eat. It was too good to think about cholesterol then.

Soft chiffon cake

Soft chiffon cake

Well, my friend is a master in making chiffon cake. No one dares to take the challenge. To me, it’s perfect all the time. She often makes different flavours for different functions. It tastes so beautiful, soft and cottony. I have been trying hard to persuade her to make and sell. Just falls on deaf ears….hmmm. I’m not giving up yet.

Lovely krsipy kreme doughnut

Lovely krsipy kreme doughnut

These are the popular and expensive Krispy Kreme doughnuts. My friend brought all the way back from London. She had to hand carry it. So sweet of her. They are very special doughnuts, soft and nice.

Chewy peach konyyaku jelly

Chewy peach konyyaku jelly

This is again my favourite…..soft, chewy and refreshing at every bite. This dish of konnyaku jelly was made by a very young mother. She enjoys cooking and loves to try new recipes.

Delicious layered rice pudding (kuih lapis)

Delicious layered rice pudding (kuih lapis)

This is another lovely Malaysian dessert that she made. It tasted really good. It’s a lot of work to steam the pudding layer by layer. Children love to peel the layers one by one when they eat it.

Lovely pear crumble

Lovely pear crumble

This is the most delicious crumble that I have eaten. It’s not too sweet and suits my taste perfectly. I have often eaten apple crumble. This is the first time I have eaten a pear crumble.

We finished off our Women’s Happy Hours with gorgeous fruit ice creams that came with a few flavours. That must be one of the best ice creams I have eaten. I had 2 helpings. I was so excited to see the ice cream, enjoyed eating it so much that I forgot to take pictures of it!

All in all, it was such a wonderful time that we had. What’s more, all the food are homemade except the krispy kreme which was such a lovely addition as some have not tried it. Again, food and friends are like peanut butter. Food connects people and builds friendship. And Women’s Happy Hours will make women happier and more informed women.

Do you often go to parties? If you are a lady, do you have coffee morning or lunch with your girlfriends? Do you cook or just buy food to bring along for pot luck functions? What type of food do you have? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Quote of the day…..

‘Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together’

Woodrow Wilson


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10 Comments

penny aka jeroxie  on October 2nd, 2009

What a fabulous feast! How many of you and did you manage to finish all the food! Oh GOSH! I want to be there as well.

Divina  on October 2nd, 2009

Am I not invited? :) My stomach is ready anytime. There’s nothing like spending time with beautiful and good friends with great food.

Mary  on October 2nd, 2009

@Penny - It was a fabulous feast. That’s what we often have. It was quite a few hours of lovely time so the 15 of us finished most of it. I don’t think any of us had dinner again that evening! Yes, you should come!

@Divina - Yes, of cos….invitation always open to you. We will have lots of fun cooking and eating and chatting. You should come one day!

Olive  on October 2nd, 2009

What a fun get-together! Lots of yummy food and good, good friends to share it with..My friends and I don’t get to connect like that often…

Me too, Mary invite me too ;)

You’re on the daily nine today, congrats!

Elin  on October 2nd, 2009

Hi Mry,
Good to know that you enjoyed the pot luck get together with your friends. I do attend most of our church pot blessed dinner. Each of us will cook a dish and I will normally try to sweet talk my friends for their recipes :p

You are right…women are most happy when the husbands goes to work :)))

Mary  on October 2nd, 2009

@Olive - Yes, come and join us. Would love to have you around….the more the merrier. Oh, thanks very much for congrats. Am very happy to be in Top 9 for my hand-pulled noodles. Came as a surprise to me.

@Elin - The church pot bless is a good place to try out new recipes. Wow…you are very smart to sweet talk to your friends for their recipes….LOL. Did they give you? I am really amused at your last sentence…LOL. Does every woman think that way????

Blackswan  on October 3rd, 2009

What a wholesome meal! Wish I could join. Thks for sharing, Mary!

Mary  on October 3rd, 2009

@Blackswan - Thanks for dropping by and leaving comment. Yes, it was wholesome and sooooo much. I sure wish you were here. Would have been more food and more fun.

kristy  on October 6th, 2009

Yes, definitely women are most happy when husbands goes to work! ha ha….Only then we can have our own little space & time. I’m happy when my hubby went for his fishing trip too. Then I can have more times for myself…he he!

Mary  on October 6th, 2009

@kristy - Thanks for sharing. I just wonder what men will think when they read this article and all the comments here….LOL. But definitely agree with you that we need some time and space for ourselves.

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