Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Good Bye, Uncle!

Well, my brother-in-law had to go back home, just when the toddler got really used to him… We had a “good bye dinner” on our last evening together. I actually prepared some of the dishes first thing in the morning, so the day was really stress-free and leisurely. Over the years I have learned that less is truly more when it comes to entertaining, and what really counts is having a good time with each other. Here was the “good bye food:”

Purple Rice

Salmon Cakes

Oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries

Brown Rice Spaghetti

Organic Beef Sauce with Carrots, Celery & Onions

Chickpea Stew with Dill

Pickled Radishes

Cucumber Salad with a Yogurt Dill Dressing (recipe to come soon)

And then it was time to say good bye…

When we dropped off my brother-in-law at the airport, we showed the toddler a photo of my brother-in-law’s new puppy and told him that his uncle had to go home to his puppy. He said, “Oh, uncle go home see puppy.” It was now totally clear to the toddler why he had to go. It was so cute…

Questions: What are you cooking/baking/eating these days?

Be well,



  1. Aww... Your toddler is so so cute. I love the response he gave when he saw the pic of the puppy.

    Right now I'm baking some red velvet cake balls with White Chocolate coating as part of my holiday giveaway for friends. Then I move onto a Filipino rice cake. Lots to do so little time.

  2. Oh yeah...forgot to mention some steamed buns, too.

  3. Anonymous12/22/2009

    Hehe, I love how you told the toddler that and how he completely understood! So sweet :)

    And wow, you are an amazing cook! I'm drooooling all over the keyboard!

  4. What a great goodbye dinner for your brother-in-law! Your baby is so cute! I've been eating a lot of shaved fennel salads lately. I know random isn't it?

  5. what a feast! So glad Toddler got to spend some Uncle time. How special.

    We have a ton of leftovers right now, so I haven't been cooking at all!

  6. He is such a sweet little guy. He and my youngest must be close in age!

    I made chicken parmesean tonight, and tomorrow we are having minestrone soup.

  7. oh wow! what a wonderful good-bye feast!

  8. Anonymous12/22/2009

    I'm eating leftovers, but I wish I were eating at your house! What a goodbye FEAST, yumm! Everything looks wonderful, especially those salmon cakes..mmmm!

  9. That is adorable. You know what I like best? The first photo you posted, your son was sort of scared, and intimidated by his uncle. In this photo he looks completely comfortable and happy. Kids are so great!

    The food looks outstanding. The salmon cakes would be my favorite, I love them.I'm sort of in a cooking rut lately, I need to snap out of it.

  10. Of course! Must go home and see puppy! So sweet.

    I'm baking lemon square. It's got kind of a shortbread crust and lemon meringue topping sprinkled with icing sugar. It's my one contribution to the Christmas baking. My mom does the rest of it.

  11. the salmon cakes and the sweet pot fries would make my husband move in with you :) music to his tummy!!! good stuff :)

  12. All the good bye food looks fabulous, but that purple rice caught my attention right away!

    I'm glad that your son understood why his Uncle had to leave. Much less stressful that way!

  13. Yum, love salmon cakes and sweet potato fries! I haven't been cooking lately...I'm experimenting with a brief raw diet, which I'll explain later on my blog. But I have been creating a lot of smoothies!

  14. mm that purple rice looks so pretty!!! and I love making salmon cakes they have such great flavor!!
    amazing 'goodbye' food!

  15. Anonymous12/23/2009

    Wow, that is quite a feast! The salmon cakes look so yummy! Don't know what I'm making next but I did get some lobster meat, so something nice with that :)

  16. Yum! I will have to make some salmon cakes soon. For dinner today I baked some fish, roasted asparagus, sauteed spinach, sweet potatoes and a salad.

  17. Wow!! That stuff looks great!!

    We are making seafood Paella today for a party tomorrow :-)

  18. Just looking at your pics is making me hungry. Those salmon cakes look great! The best part of the holidays is definitely spending time with family.

    I just baked about 5 dozen peanut butter cookies.

  19. beautiful eats! i've been having a wonderful foodie vacay so far - between my mom's cooking and lots of my fave restaurants