Mission: Sandra’s birthday lunch 28/01/12
I’ve already invited my in-laws for lunch this Saturday because it’s Sandra’s (my mother-in-law) 62nd birthday. At first we were going to take them out for a nice meal then I decided to invite them to our flat in Gibraltar. As we’ve already made a plan for Sunday, we’re staying in Gib for this coming weekend (We normally go to our house in Los Barrios at weekends).
I like her very much. She’s the ideal mother-in-law. She doesn’t interfere yet is always there for me when I need her. She never makes Mark choose between her and me. I feel like she’s just a very good friend of mine. We can have a fulfilling talk about any topic and our conversation is never downstream from her end.
I openly say to Mark that my dad is a better dad than his but his mum is a downright winner. Therefore whatever I do for her is always from the bottom of my heart.
We’ve already bought a present for her. It’s a nice bangle and a gift voucher from Tous. I know she’s set an eye on a new bag so I hope she finds a real nice one.
Back to the lunch plan. (Sidetracked again!)
Sandra doesn’t eat red meat. Hence I picked a fish dish and a chicken for the main course.
Melba toast with courgette and onion pate.
Piquitos (Spanish breadsticks).
Shitake mushroom filled with chopped shrimp in soy sauce salsa.
Roasted chicken drumsticks with whole garlic cloves in red wine vinegar reduction.
Sweet potato mash with chopped eggs, peanuts and raisins.
Tomato onion olive salad.
Mateus Rose / Chianti red wine
I found the recipes from the internet. Chances are I will probably improvise here and there. Except baking (even them sometimes), I do not strictly follow the recipe.
I did some shopping yesterday but I need to buy meat, fish and vegetable close to the date. Thursday will be fine. Also I’ve promised to prepare Kimchi (Korean spicy cabbage pickle) and beef bulgogi (Korean bbq) for a my friend’s hot pot party the next day, I will have to make sure to include all necessary ingredients when I go to Morrisons.
This is exciting stuff.
I don’t think I would ever get tired of cooking for my loved ones provided that I’ve got plenty of time. Cooking & baking is highly therapeutic and rewarding and satisfy my number 1 personal need (appreciation/recognition), ha ha. 🙂