One of the things I love most about my life in Romania is dinner parties. I love having people over for dinner. Love, love, love it. And both Romanian culture and those of most of the foreign students place a lot of emphasis on sharing meals together with friends and family, so this works out nicely for all. Over the fall at least one night a week I would invite anywhere from 4-10 people over for dinner. With both extensions of our table out we can fit 12 people (snugly) around it. I love finding and trying new recipes, refining "old favorites", setting the table just so, and preparing the apartment to receive guests. Since most of the people in our church are students, it's a great way to serve them. I sure know I craved a homemade meal in an adult's house when I was in college!
Furthermore, it brings me great joy to facilitate a time for fellowship, laughter, and community. Before coming to Romania I prayed specifically for a home into which I could invite many people and for a place that was homey and cozy. This is by no means the norm here, as most apartments are small, drafty, noisy, run-down block apartments. God is faithful and answered this prayer in an incredible way! I am very thankful for this space. And as I look back over the last few months, some of my favorite memories are from these dinners, and certainly with many other parties, Bible studies, and movie nights, this apartment has been well utilized.
I vaguely had an idea to take a picture each time I had people over for dinner, but that didn't so much happen. Here are a few pictures from a few dinners.
Surprise birthday party for a Nigerian friend (at the head of the table) with Jalaf Rice and Pepper Chicken, neither of which I cooked (I was in charge of dessert)
Taco Night, complete with homemade tortillas and salsa (nowhere to be found here!), chicken (front right) and an improvised ground sheep meat (middle right) because- no joke- all the grocery stores were out of beef that day! My teammate Hollie made the tortillas and chicken
Friends from Zimbabwe, India, Nigeria, America, and Zambia at Taco Night
Jalaf Rice (bottom) made by a Nigerian friend who was teaching me how to make it and Malaysian Chicken Curry (top) that I made
Enjoying Jalaf Rice and Chicken Curry with my sweet Nigerian brothers and sisters