Category: family

Eating up Easter

Easter 2016 Menu, in no particular order, because that’s how my brain works.

Roasted chickpea and sun dried tomato hummus with naan chips

Antipasti platter with cured meats and triple cream brie

Duck Curry- roast the duck, pull the meat, use the carcass to make stock for the curry.  Red curry with sweet potato or butternut squash

Mushroom and leek risotto with parmesan and sage

Roasted cauliflower with pine nuts

Arugula salad with olives, sun dried tomatoes , basil, balsamic, parmesan

Roasted broccoli with cheddar cheese melted on top

Saluted green beans or bok choy with soy and sesame seeds or almonds

Charred cream of poblano soup with crispy duck skin

House made naan

Steamed white rice

I want to make Chinese style egg noodles with assorted veg: carrots, zucchini, eggplant, topped with bean sprouts.  Use hoisin and sherry, oyster sauce for flavoring.

Lemon poppy seed cake with raspberries, whip cream, candied almonds

Going over board?  Certainly.  Let’s see how many of these things I actually get around to making today.

Peace, Love, and Colored Eggs.

 

 

 

 

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My head is officially feeling extremely full at the moment.  I cannot even think about all the details surrounding the upcoming events, I am banking on blind faith that all the pieces will fall into place.

There is much to be done this week, a lot of work and a lot of fun to be had.  So there is this Easter holiday coming up, which means that in addition to family dinner, there is padded celebration all weekend long because for most people this is a chill time.  The social demands are no joke, following up after a long weekend of excitement, with opportunities to have fun all week long- but alas to these I must decline.  Too many errands before the rapidly approaching weekend.  Saturday’s day long activities have been booked for months, now there is a very fun sounding after party.  Oh great, wh0 needs sleep these days?  Sunday morning will prove to be a challenge because the restaurant decided that it would be great to host brunch.  So early bird in to get everything baked before the brunch cooks arrive, then hustle to get out to start family dinner.

Oh but that is not all- new dessert on the menu so there is added work for that change.   You make the test, then test the tweaks, then make the dish, then you have to make it again because the batch sizes are small due to potential error.  So, currently we are at the stage of making everything again for the 5th time.  But, I think it’s going to be a winner, stayed tuned to Marigold for the detailed post, including photos!

But that also is not all- the new restaurant experiments and menu development is getting rolling.  Plans are being hatched, and I really need to pick up the pace on getting the menu ready, experimented, tested, tweaked, photographed, and blogged.

This long rant is one of happiness and looking forward to a great week fun of food, fun, and family.  It’s my own fault for going overboard, wanting to do everything, being a perfectionist, a lover of the wine and the dance, and I would have my overactive to-do list no other way.

Chocolate Cake, Coconut Frosting, and Mango

I have another niece on the way, she is busy brewing in the belly currently.  She is already fighting to get out, ready to match her rambunctious older cousin.  I can’t wait to meet her and watch her grow up and see how she changes the world.  Both of my nieces have the best parents imaginable, and I feel so special that I get to be a part of the munchkins lives.

Today we are celebrating my new niece’s mother in particular, showering her with love, support, and all of our best wishes.  As a token of what I can contribute, which is mainly food, I am making a chocolate cake with a hazelnut crunch layer, coconut frosting, served with a mango compote.

These are the flavors of the mom, her personality simplified into a dessert.  Its all about the tummy today!

A Poem for Mum

I love my mum-

she is the only one

with so much heart,

and so much spunk,

to lift a flat note soul

out of baritone blues

into a sharp chord heart

like a falsetto chime in early spring.

Her energetic eyes

spray ultra-violet light

of compassion that melts

the midnight shadow snow.