There wasn’t a moment of down time this weekend but luckily I was busy in a good way. Yesterday I met up with Kim…she likened meeting to a blind date which is exactly how it was! But after a minute I felt like I’d known her forever. Kim is a such a great person and we have so much in common. She is also a very accomplished writer and was nice enough to share her wisdom with me. Talking to her was great but I realize now just how unprepared I am! Writing is a long, hard road and I really need to focus and get busy.
But as always, life gets in the way of all the things I need to do and instead of working on my book this weekend I ended up doing everything but. From visiting my cousin in the hospital to doing groceries, to getting ready for Maya’s Fancy Nancy extravaganza next weekend…things were crazy. And on top of all that, we hosted a couple of Ali’s co-workers and their families for lunch today.
Since time was at a minimum I went with my standby “company menu” which is code for foods that I am fairly confident are fit for consumption by people other than my immediate family. Lets just say that my cooking is a work in progress.
We had roast beef:
Salmon with onions and capers, the marinade recipe is here:
I took a little help from my friendly neighborhood Bristol Farms and bought this butter/cream laden quiche:
Date Muffins, recipe is here:
Strawberry/Avocado/Spinach salad. Since I couldn’t eat most of what I made this salad was definitely the highlight for me:
I even set out tea, like the good Indian daughter that I am:
I thought my tablescape was pretty impressive until I saw how nicely Maya had set her own table for her friends, complete with paper plates, plastic cutlery, napkins, paper cups, and Valentine’s Day cards for decoration. Considering that the cups say “1st Birthday” on them, I just hope that Maya had the foresight to dust them off before her friends used them.
I’m not an advocate of paper plates but I have to admit that after such a busy weekend I was relieved to have 3 fewer plates, cups and forks to wash. Right now my mom is reading this and is thinking, “Ameena, how lazy can you get!”
Pretty lazy Mom, pretty lazy.