My routine around cooking and eating at home has flown off the rails lately. Between the holiday season, travelling then returning to a busy work routine my food prep repertoire has rusted. I’m coming clean here and now!
I took the plunge on both sides of the bella familia and made dinner dates at my place to get my mojo back in this department. I ventured to a neighbourhood store and brought home food treasures of naturally nutrient rich fare including a variety of cheeses, meats, eggs, veggies, fruits, fresh bread, nuts and more. Not a food package of any kind in my cart… except for my skim milk but what else would I bring it home in
Off to the races prepping my famous caprese-type tomato salad adorned with red and yellow tomatoes that smelled fresh and tasted fab, bocconcini cheese, fresh herbs and spices and olive oil. Then making a mess of my other famous eggplant sauce I’ve been craving for weeks now. Over to the veal prep, then green salad toss with blueberries, goji berries and English cucumber. Then to table setting with special linen, family plates and cutlery, walnuts and pistachios in the shell, goodies and espresso cups.
It doesn’t need to be complicated. The simpler the better. A good excuse to rid the dust bunnies and hold up family tradition of getting together.
In no time the rust vanished as loving aromas of home-made fare filled home in time for company’s arrival, lighting candles and the fire, turning on the water wall and music ready to fill home with sounds of conversation usually ending in the retelling of old tales of years gone by, connecting together while breaking bread.
Yes hosting a family dinner is a perfect way to get the lead out after a long kitchen hiatus and a perfect way to catch up on a cold, windy, winters eve.