Not long ago, I decided to extend an invitation to Makita Sensei and any of her students to enjoy some food at my place. It was a potluck affair, but I would be preparing the main. This time around, I used the locally sourced udon noodles and made a sort of spaghetti meat sauce for it. I’ve made it in the past, and people tend to like it for the unique concept and passable flavor. Myself and Makita aside, there were 5 students who came along. Two of the students I teach a few times a month in her English class, and one I had been teaching as a student in my school district. The other two girls had just entered high school, and were taking advantage of some English practice.
Here was the crew, in my freshly cleaned home.
At the time they arrived, I was still putting the touches on my main course. Unfortunately, I had never cooked this for so many people and it was taking longer than expected to cook it. More problematic though was how the bottom of my vat was burning in my efforts to cook the top. When it came time to eat, there was a distinctive smoky taste that was far less than ideal. Everyone ate it and others went back for seconds, but I felt bad with how it turned out. I also added some cheesy bread and later Oreo pudding for desert. The rest of the guests brought some fruits and such, and fortunately I was able to keep the leftovers.
It was definitely a good time, and I’m sure that the third installment of this event will come next year.