We had a tight schedule to keep and plenty to do when my niece Erin and I met up Monday to plan and cook a meal.
We ended up with so much wacking, pressing, chopping and seasoning that I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES!
I only realized this ridiculous omission when we sat down to eat. My mom (Erin’s Grandma and one of MollyBandMe’s biggest supporters) said, “Wow. This looks delicious. This would make a really good blog.”
And then my sister (Erin’s Mom) said, “Oh Hey! This looks delicious. Let me take a picture.”
A picture! I looked over and saw my camera sitting all alone in a corner of the room, staring balefully at me with its slightly cracked, telephoto lens. I never forget to take pictures. The photos are half the fun of the blog!
So, we snapped a couple of quick cellphone pics and then toasted our, if-we-do-say-so-ourselves, delightful meal. For a rookie, Erin turned out to be a kitchen whiz. She scalded tomatoes, peeled and pressed garlic, chopped basil, oregano and thyme, and sautéed onions like a pint-sized Chopped champ.
In fact, the only mishap we had – a slight miscalculation of the immersion blender, “You made your walls look all rusted”—happened when I manned the appliance.
After dinner, we had a few finishing touches to put on our dessert – a strawberry trifle – so I took a couple of quick action shots of my little kitchen buddy just before we served.
J.R. Tolkien said, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
During our busy afternoon in the kitchen, Erin and I enjoyed all three…and it was.