Thursday, March 22, 2012

home cooked meals.

One of my favorites parts about visiting my Mom on Cape Cod is spending time together in the kitchen. Usually, she is doing most of the cooking and I am lingering about snapping photographs and we're both drinking a fun St. Germain cocktail. She combined vodka and the ever versatile liqueur with pineapple juice and a dash of lime. Shaken vigorously, the pour yielded a frothy and nicely balanced martini to kick off the festivities. We were celebrating my birthday (yes it was on February 21st) but since we hadn't seen each other, she treated me to a home cooked meal and the obligatory birthday cake. Often times my birthday celebrating might begin on February 21st, but with lots of friends and family to plan celebrations, and only so many weekends, Adam likes to call this month long stretch "the never ending birthday." (Sung to the tune of, "The Never Ending Sto-orryyyyy"). I'll take it. For dinner she prepared a panko and pistachio encrusted Mahi Mahi in a lemon herb cream sauce and served it with roasted brussels sprouts and a baked sweet potato. The cake was a chocolate ganache torte from Trader Joe's served with Cape Cod Creamery coconut ice cream. This gourmet ice cream is some of the smoothest, creamiest and most flavorful this side of the Sagamore bridge. If you visit the mid cape, get some!We stayed up late drinking red wine and watching this awesome BBC cooking show Two Fat Ladies (that originally aired in 1996). Has anyone else ever watched or heard of it? These women are thoroughly entertaining home cooks who travel to kitchens in the British countryside and prepare family style meals using traditional techniques and fresh, local ingredients, with a side of quick whit and dry humor. I was an instant fan. Breakfast after Yoga on Saturday morning was mango apricot Greek yogurt (another fantastic Trader Joe's combination) which we mixed with even more fruit - some blueberries, banana and a dash of cinnamon and shaved nutmeg. Alongside we enjoyed fluffy, lightly toasted croissants with orange marmalade and rose petal jam. This morning marked my first yoga class ever, and it felt really good to finally try it out. I never had much interest though my Mom has practiced for years and would always invite me to a class with her. Her persuasive argument "you're 28 now, you should try something new!" this time around resonated. I stretched muscles I didn't know existed, focused on my breathing and loved that it presented me with a work out and a relaxation session at the same time. I would definitely take another class!
The final home cooked meal of the weekend was breakfast on Sunday morning, which consisted of thick cut french toast made from a lust worthy loaf of bread purchased at PB Boulangerie Bistro in Wellfleet. A must visit when we're about the towns of the lower cape, we usually just pop into the boulangerie for bread, sweets and cappuccino, but every time we leave I'm craving a sit down meal in the adorable Parisian meets beachy inspired bistro. Maybe this summer!
Mom paired the french toast with blueberry infused Vermont Maple Syrup and a generous dusting of powdered sugar.
It was a delicious weekend! More on the rest of our Cape Cod adventures (beach combing, sunsets, shopping at Atlantic Spice Co.) to come!

20 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Wow, your mom makes restaurant quality meals! I can see why you love going home. Sounds like a great weekend :)

Megan said...

You're making me miss my mom... and weekends on the Cape. Can't wait til July! :) It sounds like you had such a great time together. And I love yoga... definitely stretches muscles you didn't know you had. And I say keep the b-day celebration going as long as you can!!!

Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons said...

I am still kinda devastated that I lived in Boston for a year and never visited Cape Cod...sad face.

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

That St. Germain sounds fantastic. I can't wait for summer cape weekends!

Ameena said...

I want to come and celebrate my next birthday with your mom! She is obviously an amazing cook and she seems like a very sweet mother.

Happy belated birthday Daisy! How great that we are just days apart. I knew I loved you and your blog for a reason!

In and Around Town said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend! Yoga is something I have tried as well but never really got into even though in my head it sounds great...

Sacha said...

Aww, I love Two Fat Ladies. I used to watch it with my mom years ago! You hit some of my favorites: the coconut is the best flavor at Cape Cod Creamery and PB Boulangerie is a treat (I've never sat down to a meal, just gotten baked goods).

What a great weekend with great food (and I'm in love with your mother's tableware...)! Now I really cannot wait to get to the Cape myself.

Michelle Collins said...

Um, can I hang out with your Mom sometime? She sounds awesome!

Amber said...

wow, your mom is quite the cook! That french toast looks especially yummy. I'm gonna have to check out Two Fat Ladies. Its sounds pretty darn funny.

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Wow, that's some good eating! Glad you enjoyed your first yoga class. I go back and forth between being obsessed and being bored - the instructor is really key!

MelissaNibbles said...

Sounds like a fun time. I need to check out that show, it sounds right up my alley!

kfenton917 said...

Daisy invite your friends Cape-side for a summer birthday party! We'll all cook!

Di said...

Sounds like a great time! I'm glad you tried something new with yoga! I liked it the one time I did it, but haven't been back. Maybe I should start going again.

ALSO. I totally watched that show when it originally came out. My cousins and I stumbled upon it once while we were in NY visiting, and we were fascinated by the amount of lard they used. Hahaha.

Elizabeth said...

All that food looks heavenly. Gotta admit though, I always found the idea of Two Fat Ladies way funnier than the actual show was. I haven't seen it in years

Gretchen said...

It really is neverending! We are celebrating again tomorrow night!

Lizzy said...

I love when my mom cooks special meals for me too! Which she has been doing a lot lately since I haven't been cooking. Everything looks delicious Daisy. Hope you enjoy dinner at Gretchen's tomorrow : )

CoCo Wray said...

Glad you had a great weekend, and great to hear you finally tried yoga. Personally,I don't know what I would do without my yoga!

Shannon said...

love those kinds of weekends!! everything looks so delicious, too :)

MOLLY GALLER said...

What a delicious birthday weekend with your mom! My mom is a mega yogi (over 30 years) and I still haven't tried it!