I have just come in from harvesting fresh peas in the rain. My reward? Champagne of course! Outside there were peas and prickles but inside there were pork chops to be flamed! Why am I flaming pork chops on a Wednesday you might ask? Flaming Pork Chops are my traditional anniversary dinner and yesterday was my husband, Russell, and my 25th wedding anniversary. For the first time on an anniversary night we went out to dinner so today we celebrated with a nature walk and a movie and now champagne and Flaming Pork Chops.
If you decide to try to make my recipe for the chops (which will also be in my upcoming cookbook ) just visit my Recipes Page. Please be mindful of the safety tips I offer and share the results if you decide to make this quick and elegant meal.
Today my husband, Russell, and I reached a milestone, 25 years of marriage! It is time to celebrate! There will be champagne and Flaming Pork Chops. There will be Milk Chocolate Truffles coated with edible silver dust and there will be candlelight. There will be a celebration of each other and the life we have made and share.
To be continued...
My husband Russell and I will be married for 25 years tomorrow. That means:
Twenty-five years of working nothing into something. Twenty-five years of establishing and shaping and sharing a home together.
Twenty-five years of “through sickness and in health.” Twenty-five years of raising both each other and our children together.
Twenty-five years of cooking together.
Twenty-five years of adventure and travel.
Twenty-five years of anniversary eves together.
That little buzz might be telling you something... eat garlic! Garlic (and onion too) are natural mosquito repellents. Since tomorrow is Father’s Day, outdoor eating is a must so why not serve something heavy on the garlic and onions? How about homemade bruschetta or salsa? Either (or both) are perfect outdoor foods since both go well with beer and can withstand warm temps so neither will give you food poisoning on a hot day if they sit out. (You have about an hour that the salsa and/or bruschetta can sit outside in the sun before going “bad” but lets be honest, it it won’t last that long.) Worried about bad breath? Don’t be. Everyone will be too thrilled with the munchies to care. After munchies, feel free to go out and explore nature before firing up the grill. Visit my Recipes page for some great ideas and to be inspired to serve something new. Please share your results in the comments section.
Father’s Day is coming so it’s time to make way for daddy! What to do? What to do? Prepare to be prepared to make their favorite foods of course! Honestly, Dear Readers, I cannot believe you didn’t think of that! My husband Russell’s favorite foods include most anything he can drink beer while cooking. I know what you’re thinking, it’s nearly summer, it’s hot outside and men are not that difficult to please. Again I ask, what to do? Easy! One word, barbecue. Barbecue and dads go together like, well, dads and barbecue. The resident dad in our home barbecues wonderful chicken. I thought I would harvest some salad greens and peas from the garden and also corn on the cob with a spicy, lime butter. For dessert? A chocolate torte and chantilly cream. Yum right?
To make easy, and more importantly, delicious barbecued chicken:
Cut the backbone from the chicken and freeze for stock. Carefully cut the cartilage in half and flatten the chicken. Rub the chicken all over with oil and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Barbecue while monitoring how much beer your hubby drinks (too much beer is when they are unable to make your favorite drink.) Serve when the internal temperature of the chicken registers 165° on a culinary thermometer. Squeeze a lemon over the top of the chicken before serving if you like. It’s yummy.
Our youngest daughter, Mia, and I went on a “what’s that? outing this afternoon. We knew we were heading toward a remote waterfall but not much else; in fact, we got lost a bit on the way. Mia and I love to explore new areas, especially when a waterfall (or two) is involved. Hiking to a waterfall is one of our favorite mother-daughter activities. Hiking gets us out into nature where we get to see frogs and birds and other wildlife such as deer and rabbits. Hiking is also a great way to work up an appetite and gather inspiration for new recipes. The colors and fragrances of nature open our imagination to new flavor combinations and provide inspiration. Get outside, Dear Readers, it will make you an inspired home cook.
This morning’s overcast sky made way for a spring shower that will feed the earth and clean the air. The cool breeze enticed me to do some weeding in the rain,; just me, our dog, Lollipop, and the mosquitoes. Irregardless of the mosquitoes, roses need pruning, weeds need pulling and debris needs clearing. The peas I planted in May are in bloom and my blueberries are ripening beneath a cage to protect them from birds. Lollipop is on full alert as squirrels raid my bird feeders and bunnies eat my greens but she tries her best to either scare them away or catch them. So far, Lolly is not very successful at either but she has a good time. I have to admit, mosquitoes or no mosquitoes, so do I.
Our youngest daughter, Mia, and I went for an afternoon walk along a stream with the breeze in our face and birdsong in our ears. She walked in front of me and I got to admire her curly braids in the sunshine as they glistened and caressed her neck. We checked the hummingbird nest and enjoyed the smell of wild jasmine as we walked along the path and talked of favorite desserts and future walking dates. It doesn’t matter where moments are shared with those we love, be they outside walking by a stream or inside preparing food, all that matters is spending time together.
Nearly post spring and pre-summertime is a perfect time to go for a walk and search for pops of color. Our youngest daughter, Mia, and I went walking through a field of wild flowers where migratory birds perch and feed and native plants thrive. We slopped through mud and the occasional puddle up hills and down hills and all the while the scent of wild jasmine hung in the air. It was a perfect afternoon constitutional and a great way to work up an appetite for lunch.
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