WE'RE having some friends for dinner.
But not in the Hannibal Lecter sense.
There won't be any Chianti, just lots of Cobra bear and curry.
It's the second time we've had this couple over for a meal; the first time we plied them with Mexican food and they seemed suitably impressed.
So on this occasion we are pulling out the stops with an Indian feast.
The menu starts in the usual fashion with poppadums and chutneys. We've got this cute little stainless steel chutney carousel - just like you see in Indian restaurants - and guests love it.
We then move onto some onion bhajis and vegetable samosas, which I hasten to add, aren't homemade. I am yet to master Indian starters but I will make the main course dishes so I feel excused.
Coconut-laden beef madras and chicken, tomato and spinach curry will be stars of the show (I hope), while I've also made some lentil dhal to serve alongside, plus pilau rice and naan breads.
And there will be lots of fresh coriander and chopped chillies to liven up proceedings.
Then for pud I've given the new icecream maker a whirl and rustled up some mango sorbet. I am trying to think of a creative way to serve it... any ideas?
The boy says that if I'm going to cook the main courses in portions for four, which I will undoubtebly do, we must be disciplined in packaging up the rest for another day.
It won't happen, we'll scoff the lot.
But then again, we could always eat the leftovers with a few fava beans...