Yesterday my cousin was kind enough to take me with him on his monthly trip to Costco. As always, I found some good deals for my family. And the best deal was finding some prawns – prawns which my husband cooked for the family.
The dish was absolutely delicious: the vegetables a perfect compliment to the marinated shellfish. I always appreciate it when my husband generously takes on the task of feeding the family – it gives me a break and I get to taste cooking different from my own.
Today is a civic holiday in our province and, because of this, my husband and I invited our nephew to come over and eat dinner with us yesterday evening. He brought with him a bottle of red wine made in South Africa to enjoy while eating.
The wines from the Nederburg estate are among my favourite red and white wines. Unfortunately, these wines are not readily available where I now live and I was so happy to see that my nephew had managed to procure a bottle. Our dinner was delicious, the conversation scintillating, and the glass of red smooth and rich.
Our son has flown into the city for a few days to work and was able to spend some time with us on Saturday. The four of us were excited to see him and could not wait to catch up. We decided to meet him for dinner and take him out to a new Chinese restaurant in our neighbourhood. We all enjoy eating Dim Sum because of the variety of choice and, of course, the chance to eat family style.
We spent the evening catching up on one another’s stories, chatting about the future, and reminiscing on the past. If we could have, we would have extended the moment but alas, we had to sleep!
What are you grateful for this week? And what has made you smile?
Many of you know that everyday I eat together with my family (as described in my post Our Family Table). No-one will be surprised, then, that I enjoy eating at a table when I visit family and friends. The meal may be an elaborate dinner or a simple breakfast; but it is not only a beautifully set table waiting for us that I enjoy the most. What I savour is the act of eating together; the sense of comradeship that exists between a group a people who enjoy one another’s company. I have spent many hours sitting around the table talking for hours on a variety of topics.
Some tables are simply set; and others a little bit more elaborately.
I often take the time to set a table with care; and appreciate it when my host does the same. It helps to set the atmosphere of the time we will spend together at the table; and helps to make the event a little special.
Do you enjoy setting tables? When do you take the time to set an elaborate table?