Carla is a little under the weather but we were still able to have a very nice Mother’s Day. She puttered in the front yard planting things. Our front yard always looks so nice thanks to her gardening. I have a theory that the entire world can be divided into two camps; those who call it gardening and those you call it yardwork. Carla is a gardener; opposites attract.
Andrew and Henriët FaceTimed with us this afternoon and shared their final pick of name for Baba; sorry, you’ll have to wait until he’s born late May / early June before we can share. Jeff and Sarah dropped by with a beautiful flower in a coffee mug; they came in time to FaceTime with Andrew and Henriët as well.
I have been totally caught up in “The Martian” by Andy Weir. On my own I would have skipped dinner in favor of finishing the book (book report coming soon). But I bought some beautiful salmon, baby potatoes and asparagus (yes, I actually cooked asparagus!).
I bought a plancha for my grill last month and have been waiting through the spring rain for a chance to use it. Plancha is a fancy word for cast iron griddle; I have an enameled one that fits in the grill by removing one of the grate sections. Cooking raw potatoes would take a lot longer than the 20 minutes for the salmon so I hunted for a recipe and found one on Cook’s Illustrated. I made my own garlic-rosemary olive oil by mixing 9 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon of minced rosemary and some salt in 4 tablespoons of olive oil. I sautéd the mixture for a few minutes; don’t let the heat get too hot or you’ll burn the garlic (like I did). No problem it still tasted great.
|Garlic-rosemary olive oil prep|
|Potatoes after the microwave.|
|Salmon prepped for salt, pepper, mustard, and brown sugar.|
|Asparagus believe it or not|
I don’t normally need all the space on my humongus grill. But it really comes in handy on a day like this.
|Everything on the grill|
The asparagus was a bit large so took a bit more time cooking than the other items.
|Ready to serve|
|Dinner is served.|
A nice dinner.
I bought a tripod and ball-head for my camera Friday and used it for these pictures. My angle was way too high, but I was able to shoot at slow shutter speeds without blurring the pictures. I’ll work on my camera angles as I continue to use it.