Actually, everything went very well! I had dinner ready (more or less) at exactly 5 pm, when everyone arrived. Only needed a little tweaking of the sauce, dishing out the dumplings, cutting the meat.
Roast pork was *perfect*! It virtually *melted* off the bones... It was absolutely succulent. The only thing that went 'wrong', if you want to call it that, is that I put the whole roast under the grill for a few moments and didn't watch it carefully enough. So while the crust was very crispy, it was also burned in a few places. >.< That made me a bit unhappy, because except for that everything worked out just perfectly.
My family all ate too much and very little is left. :) Which is really the nicest compliment that a cook can get.
Now I still have *lots* of beer left over - but that won't go bad, so that's ok.
My foot hurts, my back hurts, I'm pretty much dead on my feet, I have to do laundry tomorrow, because the linen tablecloth and the napkins all suffered, of course. But all in all, I'm quite pleased. ^___^
Now to play a tiny round of Everquest 2 and then fall into bed.
<3 <3 <3 <3