I love doing special things for other people – especially when it comes to my parentals.
My Significant Other and I (i.e. little old me) decided to invite the parentals for lunch/ dinner at our apartment last weekend. We initially had it set for Sunday evening, but due to ‘scheduling’, we moved it out to Sunday afternoon.
Cue myself worrying about what to serve… I’m obsessive-compulsive like that *laugh*
You have to understand: until a few months ago, we didn’t have (a) decent couches or, more importantly, (b) a dining room table. The parentals recently bought themselves a new car – did I ever tell you how some stupid girl rammed into their old car, wrecked it, and that they didn’t get much out of it? – so the fact that they now had their own transport made it even more ‘necessary’ for us to finally have them over for a meal.
The weather has been a bit strange over here. It’s supposed to be Spring, yet it’s only starting to warm up now – venturing between cold (about 15 degrees Celsius) for a few days, then uncomfortably hot (for me, at least, at 32 degrees Celsius) the next. This weekend was sunny, with the heat making me feel exceptionally headachy, and not really helping to keep the apartment at an acceptable temperature since I was busy cookin’ in the kitchen… But I survived. The fan helped to cool things off a bit… And at the end of the meal I ditched the dress I was wearing in favour of short shorts and a t-shirt 😉
We had a great afternoon, with plenty of feel good moments and happiness all around!
So, here’s what was on the menu – it wasn’t a five-star meal (definitely not the most impressive dishes), but it was very nice:
– Pastry ‘bowls’ with sautéed mushrooms (my mum doesn’t eat mushrooms, so I made hers with a cherry tomato, bacon & yellow pepper filling instead)
– Homemade rolls
– Roasted green beans
– Marinated chicken breasts
– Garden salad (incl. baby potatoes + bacon)
– Fruit cocktail
– Jelly (made in silicone cupcake moulds)
– Mini, star-shaped vanilla sponge cakes
– Chocolate mousse with sliced strawberries
[I made/ baked the pastry ‘bowls’, rolls and mini cakes myself!]
Pretty flowers to brighten up the table - my Significant Other bought them for me
The 'spread', excluding dessert
Starter: pastry bowl with sautéed mushrooms
Starter: pastry bowl with cherry tomatoes, bacon + yellow pepper
Homemade rolls... which had more of a scone-like consistency... oh well
A nice salad 🙂 My Significant Other's contribution to preparing the entire meal? De-shelling the hardboiled eggs...
Roasted green beans. Sorry the pic's a bit blurry
Grilled chicken breasts & baby potatoes
Desssert: fruit cocktail, jelly, choc mousse & strawberries. I forgot to add the star cakes to the plates...
This is how the dessert was supposed to look -- I took this pic yesterday
My Significant Other & my mum
My dad! ...and me, of course...