This is celebration season at our house. Between June 11th and July 2nd three people in the family turn a year older. Add Father's Day to the mix and there's a lot going on.
Years ago, we made a big deal out of birthdays. The guest of honor got to choose a special meal and dessert, and then they opened their presents after dinner. Now that the the boys are grown up and two of the three live out of the area, things ave changed. We have one large celebration (the past few years have been on Father's Day) devoted to presents, but each person still gets a meal in their honor on or around their day.
Hubby Tony's day was Thursday. He gave me some general ideas of what he wanted for his dinner, then I pulled up a few recipes online and on my computer (where I save any "keeper" recipes I've tried that I want to make again). He liked all of them, but I ended up making Teri's Ethiopian Lentils. Dessert was decadent ice cream and fresh cherries. There was enough lentils for leftovers on Friday, and I finished off the remainder yesterday.
Son Donald turns another year older tomorrow, but tomorrow will be busy so we scheduled his meal for today. He requested "Mom fried rice", which is a made-up concoction I came up with years ago when my wok wouldn't hold the quantity of rice I needed to serve the whole family. Although the dish turns out slightly different every time, the basic framework is easy. I toss brown rice (cooked the day before, so it's cold) with a little oil and soy sauce, then put it in a large pan and place it in a 425 degree oven. I stir it every 15 minutes or so, and at the 45-minute mark pour a bag of frozen mixed vegetables (thawed) on top and stir it again. Ten minutes later I add beaten eggs and stir them in. When the eggs are done it's dinner time!
Donald has been telling me all week how much he was looking forward to his dinner. This morning when he was rooting around in the refrigerator at breakfast time he saw the bowl of rice I'd cooked yesterday and came out with a big smile on his face. Mid-afternoon, though, he said his stomach was hurting. At dinner he ate a small amount of rice, then said he was going to lay down in the family room (where he promptly fell asleep). I sealed up his special dish so he could enjoy it later.
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