Monday, June 22, 2009

Holy Cannoli Batman

A double hitter! Father's day and qwerkyqook's Birthday!

First the main event! Father's day was celebrated pretty low key on Sunday. We met at my parent's house for a fantastic dinner prepared by my mom. I, of course, brought 18 loads of laundry home thinking that was a reasonable task to accomplish over dinner. Oh well. Dinner was fantastic. Dad requested steak per usual.

MEAT! arhg arhg argh.

The man of honor with his present. My dad is such a goofball, but the kindest and most loving man I know.

There you go dad, glamour shot of your present!

The chef! It's hard to say if my mom's cooking or the stories she tells while cooking are better!

The final product, a hasty picture at the end of the meal. whoops! My taste buds got the best of me.

"de-fatted" or whatever its called to perfection by moi. Dad let me try out his new toy, it really was pretty slick.
Coat with olive oil salt and coarse ground black pepper. My dad grinds the peppercorns with mortar and pestle. This steak business is serious stuff.

Mediterranean Salad- (insanely good)

Chop cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, salt and strain in colander for a bit.
Add finely chopped red onion, rinsed chickpeas, diced kalamata olives and a generous amount of chopped fresh parsley.
Dressing: equal parts red wine vinegar and olive oil, plus some chopped garlic.
Combine it all with some shredded lettuce and top with crumbled feta. Salt and Pepper your salad as you please!

Garden Rice-A Barb Original
Prepare rice in chicken broth with chopped vidalia onions
Before serving add fresh chopped herbs from the garden. We had Dill, tarragon, parsley...I didn't write the recipe down!!!

The night was finished with ice cream and fresh berries. I left some laundry for my mom to finish, boy am I every a spoiled child:) The hired men (dad and nick) should be arriving shortly to install my air conditioners. Blasted MN, freezing one day then 90 and humid as all get out the next.

Last but not least...

Qwerkyqook turns 1 !

I can't believe a year ago I was making sushi and taking my boards. Funny how things come right back at you though. I just shelled out $1500 for my next step. ouch! I'll leave you with a fun fact, serendipitous at that. My half birthday is actually June 20, qwerky's bday! I know. The implications that has on the universe are profound.


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Happy Blogoversary! I think I sort of missed mine - at least the one year of the France blog...

Your Father's Day dinner looks fabulous. I haven't had a well cooked steak (not to be confused w/ well done...) in such a long time!

Meema said...

Happy blogoversary, Suzanne! I've really enjoyed your lovely photography and entertaining prose. Keep up the great work!