Why settle on managing a PR job, two children and food passion? The School Parent Teacher Association needed a new Chair. And Yours Truly stepped in valiantly.
How difficult could it be, I thought? All this needs is a bit of Corporate know how. Strong leadership at the helm, followed by excellent delegation and efficient delivery. If there was ever a community-led use of the years of Corporate slavery, then this was it.
It wasn’t. Cue: a shock initiation to the Voluntary Sector. The Cinema Social, Coffee Mornings and Playground sales paled in signifance compared to the Winter Fair. An after school extravaganza for the children and their families run with virtually no budget, and children hanging off each trouser leg in the playground.
The only answer was to dazzle the children with a panto Frozen skit by two actor mums, and a guest appearance by Olaf: a hapless male teacher no less. A quick warm cup of mulled wine in the biting cold, and I was practically ready for Christmas.
And Christmas it is soon. If you’re looking for easy party food nibbles that don’t pile on the pressure, then these divine Mahi Kebabs, quick fish kebabs, could be just the answer. I found this recipe in Reza Mahammad’s Rice, Spice and All things Nice and made a few small tweaks to it, like using dill as it goes so well with salmon. And minced more of the fish than directed to help the kebabs bind.
Of course, I also grilled instead of shallow frying. My solution to cooking any food in batches is to shove it under a hot grill and flip half way through cooking. That’s serious time saved watching hot oil in a frying pan.
Must make a note to not go filling the free time with another project!
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