Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day (now nearly over) to two great moms! Words cannot describe how blessed I am by my own mom, and now by HH's mom. Come to think of it, I'm too tired to even try out the words.

If a picture's worth a thousand words, how much is a meal (sans pictures) worth?

Yep, you guessed it, I decided to use a meal to say "Happy Mother's Day" to both moms.

Here's what we had:

To start:
- Cream of Avocado Soup (recipe at bottom)
- Homemade artisan bread (this recipe is seriously fantastic, and super easy. I make it with 2 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour; I also let it sit for about 17 hours this time, and I think it might have been better for it. It has a great crispy crust and chewy, but not too dense texture).

Main Course:
- Lemon-sage chicken (I think this sounds better than "Chicken in Milk"). I wasn't sure how much we'd eat, so I squeezed two small chickens into one roasting pan (we ended up only eating off of one... leftovers!) and I didn't think enough of the liquid evaporated. But otherwise it was great -- tender, moist, intricate-yet-delicate lemon flavor on the sauce. This recipe was flying around a few food blogs I read a few weeks ago, so I was glad to be able to give it a try. yum!
- Asparagus bundles; we wrapped bunches of 5 or 6 pieces of asparagus in prosciutto, secured them with toothpicks, and then grilled them on low for around 15 min. (Season sprinkled with pepper; this was particularly good with the chicken's lemon sauce).
- Roasted potatoes. I used some of the leftover butter mixture from browning the chickens and then added a potato seasoning mix to the chopped spuds, then baked for like 90 minutes.

Apple tartlets. These were quite good! I couldn't find dark honey so just bought a high quality lighter one ... I think in the future I'd maybe just drizzle straight (warmed) honey on top of the tarts. We served a little dollop of whipped cream (drizzled with some caramel sauce) next to the tarts.

On the whole, I think the meal was a success -- all the flavors were light and went well with this beautiful spring day!

Here's the avocado soup recipe, which I highly commend to you! (with a good bread, this could make a rather filling meal on its own... if I were to do it again, I'd make smaller portions for a starter since we were all full by the time the chicken came out)

Cream of Avocado Soup (from a Williams-Sonoma "Food Made Fast" cookbook):
serves 4

3 avocados, cut into chunks
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 serano chiles, seeded and chopped
juice of 1 lime
3/4 c water
white pepper and salt
lump crabmeat (I used the stuff out of a can and drained it well)

Put avocados, coconut milk, chiles, lime juice and water in a blender and blend it all together. Add white pepper and salt to taste.

You can chill it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes (any more and I'm thinking the avocado would start to turn brown) or serve it at room temperature.

Serve garnished with crab and chopped chives.


Anonymous said...

It was an amazing meal... you are a fantastic cook - and a fantastic daughter... I am so proud of you... May God continue to use you for His glory... I love you and am praying for you... Thanks!! Love - MOM

Kathy Z said...

Great picture! I totally understand what it means to have two great moms!

Addie said...

That sounds like an amazing meal for two great women. At what point can I wheedle such culinary extravagance out of you for my own selfish benefit? :)

Molly said...

Addie, that's a great idea! Why don't you come to Billings sometime and we'll have a dinner party! Or, we could meet halfway between Billings and Bozeman sometime this summer and have a gourmet picnic (I guess that rules out ice cream as a dessert).

But given your own culinary skills, don't expect to arrive empty-handed :p

Anonymous said...

I be blessed Molly, more than you will ever know...come to think of it, I think you know a bit about this! -- What a great DIL you are, and what a blessing to our family. I LOVED the meal and felt totally and completely spoiled!