A Friend’s Visit & A Light Lunch

今日から数日、半年少し前に本帰国されたお友達がお泊りに来てくださっています。お友達も多いのでずっと一緒ではありませんが(自由に外出してくださいとお願いしてます)、食事の時だけ会うよりゆっくりご一緒する時間が取れそうなので、楽しみです。今日のお昼頃にいらしたので、軽い食事をご用意しました。数日ランチ、ディナーとずっと外食で胃が重くなっているとのことでしたので、消化に良さそうなスープとサラダ。スープは、先日作った時に多めに作っておいたミネストローネ。サラダは、お手土産にいただいたラ・フランスを使いたかったのでラ・フランスと生ハムとブルーチーズのサラダ。セロリとぶどうとサラダ菜類と一緒に。

A good friend of mine, who moved back to Japan about half a year ago, is staying with us for a few days from today.  She has many other friends to see here so she won’t be with us all the time (I asked her to spend her time the way she would if she were staying in a hotel) but we’ll still be able to spend more time together than if she were staying in a hotel.  She told me her stomach is feeling heavy after eating lunch and dinner out for the last few days so I prepared a very light lunch that should be easy to digest.  Minestrone soup that I made extra of the other day for today and a salad of La France pear (one of the ones this friend brought as a present), Parma Ham, Blue cheese, celery, grapes & salad leaves.

いらっしゃる前にテーブルを整えた時点で写真を撮りましたが、いらしてからは話に夢中で写真はすっかり忘れていました。ご覧の通り、普段の食事です。お泊りに来てくださるお友達には、普段の食事をお出しすることが多いです。あまりできない言い訳かもしれませんが、こちらがあまり気負いすぎず構いすぎない方が気軽に来ていただけるのではないかと思っています。

I took a couple of photos before my friend arrived but after she got here I forgot to to take photos completely, we were too busy talking.  As you see, it’s just a lunch I would prepare on a weekday for my husband and myself.  That is what I usually do when I have my friends staying with us, I tend to prepare a meal that we would be having rather than for a dinner party.  It may sound like an excuse not to do a lot but I personally feel the guests feel more comfortable and are encouraged to come again if I don’t try too hard and make too much fuss.

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12時ごろから5時前までひたすらおしゃべり。お友達は今日は夕方から外出されたので、続きは明日。他所のお宅に泊まるよりホテルの方が気楽だったりもすると思うのですが、こうして泊まりに来ていただけて嬉しいです。ご自分のお家のようにはいかないと思いますが、寛いでいただけると嬉しいなと思います。

We talked from 12.00 until a little before 5.00pm, then she had to go out for an appointment for a gathering.  We’ll continue our chat tomorrow!  It’s probably more relaxing to stay in a hotel in many cases and I am happy that she chose to stay with us.  I hope she’ll be able to feel comfortable and relaxed enough during the rest of her stay.

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