As a kid I read every Isaac Asimov novel I could get my hands on. He always took me far away. Shortly before he died, he is rumored to have said,”The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. The Vikings, they may come and they may go.”
And so it was that I wasn’t politely “asked” to do the Christmas Eve dinner (at least the juicier bits) this year, I was actually “informed” that I’d be doing it. But, okay, I love the wood-burning oven I built. It’s no longer used for bread making, so it must be longing for a good firing.
For those of you who read my posts about last year’s Christmas Eve dinner, which I had proclaimed at the time to be the”5th Annual” one, and those of you who also read Wrong Way Ubon’s recent post on Facebook (as well as my own Facebook page), proclaiming this one to be the “8th Annual” one, well, it’s hard to count on your fingers when you’re drinking beer.
I believe in culinary improvisation– that’s to say, I’m never sure what I’m going to do or how it’s going to come out. This year I’ve decided not to do anything risky, like the suckling pig I experimented with last year. I’m just going to do the turkeys, the stuffing, and the gravy. I do, however, intend to bring them to highest level possible. I’ve already made a “Three Stooges” version of sweet Italian sausage which will go in the stuffing. You need three stooges to operate a Chinese model cast iron meat grinder that isn’t fastened to anything and has a faulty handle that keeps coming off.
So, join us at Wrong Way Cafe on the evening of December 24 for some fine dining, pleasant company, and a festive atmosphere. Turkeys, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, garlic bread, and an assortment of Thai dishes will be offered. You are kindly asked to look fully festive by brandishing or otherwise wearing a splash of green, white, or red, or any combination of these. The buffet begins around 6:30 p.m. and is 250 baht per person. We ask that those who intend to join us drop by the pub and pay us in advance, or if that is not possible, call or email us with your firm intentions. This will guarantee that we’ve prepared the right amount of food. Let’s make it a great Christmas Eve!