If you have followed the Sunday dinner menus, you will have noticed the "fusion" theme. Well, today's dinner broke the trend. As I was cooking yesterday I realized that there was no ethnic blending going on! Oh dear. Should I run out to the store for some soy sauce or chipotle peppers?
Then a lovely thought crossed my mind. I was in the process of cooking an herbal and family fusion meal. I was using several different herbs from my garden and two old favorite recipes, one from my mom and one from my mother-in-law. So, I decided to ditch the trip to the store and savor the delightful smells wafting from the stovetop and oven. We enjoyed this meal family style with a full table in the dining area and a kids' table on the porch. Here's what we ate:
Pesto tilapia over Basmati rice, made with basil from the garden
Savory navy beans with rosemary and lemon thyme, also from the garden
Sweet potato casserole - my mom's recipe with brown sugar and nuts on top
Corn pudding - my mother-in-law's recipe
Marinated veggie salad with purple basil and dill
Anadama bread (great favorite made with whole wheat, corn meal and molasses)
Deep dish apple pie with ice cream - Kelly's delicious contribution
Sweet tea, lemonade and coffee
Actually, there is a little ethnic interest to this meal if you count the Italian pesto, Indian basmati rice, Southern sweet potatoes, New England Anadama....so really it was Italian/Indian/Southern/New England/Herbal/Family Fusion. But that's getting out of hand. Lets just call it a good meal that was enjoyed by all! The stories and laughter around the table made it great.
You know, I do love to cook. I do love talking about food, thinking about food, reading about food, hearing about food. A delightful moment occurred yesterday afternoon as I was in the midst of dinner preparations for today. Erin called with a food question! What's funny is that at the moment she called I was also listening to The Splendid Table! So, her question was, "What kind of vegetable dish can I fix in a hurry to take to a friend's house for dinner?" I delight in the fact that my daughter often calls me with food questions. I will never tire of phone calls with inquiries like what to put in her kidney beans to jazz them up or how to cook collard greens. I haven't talked to her yet but can't wait to find out how her cauliflower/carrot/pepper salad turned out!