Ok a bit more serious now, a bit of culture for a change! (it's foodie culture, so read it please, it might be useful for impressing your in-laws during an awkward silence)

So Chulalongkorn Day is a public holiday in Thailand that commemorates the day Chulalongkorn (aka King Rama V) died. King Rama V was a renowned gourmet who loved to relax over food. He was a bit fed up with the royal food served to him at his court (oh I feel so sorry for him (!)) and was longing for things like shrimp paste relish (nahm prik gapi) or deep-fried fish with pickled garlic. So there you go, we got 2 dishes for my special menu. The ancient diet for the Thai was mainly sticky rice, but as the culture developed, the long grain version was the chosen variety. I think that sticky rice would be the perfect accompaniment for those old dishes I was talking about. 

Chulalongkorn Day falls on the 23rd October, which is winter in the UK, meaning that we are spoiled with seasonal fruit and veg, such as mandarin and pumpkins. I chose Beef Stuffed Mandarin "Ma Hor" which means "galloping horses" (imagine a mandarin segment balancing on its back, like a moon crescent) for its complexity between the nutty/salty relish and the sweet/sour mandarin.

Finally I chose Custard Pumpkin because most supermarkets will beg you to buy their Halloween leftovers. It's a good way to make a great dish that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Culture, food and money-saving advice... what more would you want??