It has been over a year since I’ve posted. Obviously, I’ve been eating during that year- and some really good stuff, too- but there have been bigger life events that have taken up my time, along with work and travel and parenting and general life stuff, so I haven’t been blogging. Or even taking that many photos.
The biggest news, I suppose, is that I am now divorced. It wasn’t painless (no divorce is, I don’t think) but it also wasn’t as hard as so many divorces are. My ex-husband and I still get along, at least well enough that he will continue to be sitting at My Family Table for many meals to come. I also have a new partner who is wonderful and who my kids adore. So, the seats at Our Family Table are expanding and shifting and creating new ideas about family.
In terms of food, well, it’s all a blur. One of the benefits of a new family configuration is that we suddenly have time to eat out or I suddenly have help in the kitchen. So I’m not even sure what I’ve been eating. I’ll post the highlights of the year here.
Most recently, we had a dear friend from the outer reaches of Canada visit us these last ten days and we made him a birthday dinner since his birthday is tomorrow. We had what I call Moroccan chicken (a variation on this dish), spinach with garlic and couscous. He requested a funfetti cake with whipped cream frosting and couldn’t get over how I “made it from scratch.” It was delicious and so cheerful!
We also had “Israeli dinner” while he was here because it was so hot. This means I made yummy tuna salad (tuna with mayonnaise, chopped up pickles, grated (yes, on a grater) hard boiled egg and a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper), and Israeli salad. We ate it with thick pita bread and an assortment of salads, dips, cheeses and fruit. So good on a hot day.
I celebrated an anniversary with my partner and know that he’s the one for me because we went out for drinks and appetizers. When we looked at the dessert menu, nothing thrilled me so he suggested that we order espresso martinis and mashed potatoes. Must be true love.
There was so much delicious restaurant food over the year. Scallops wrapped in bacon, birthday hash napoleon with pineapple mimosas, meatballs and Spanish tortilla, roasted brussels sprouts with soy caviar, oysters, adorable tea cakes shaped like turtles, creamy soups and sweet, gooey desserts. I ate well this year. I hope you did too.
I ran cooking club at school again this year. We made a number of things including rice cake cats, celery animals, candy turkeys, snow people, crepes and smoothies. Admittedly, we had a guest chef to help us make crepes and they were fantastic (and have also become a staple in my house as my kids love them).
There were birthdays to celebrate this year as well. My kids wanted a Dragons Love Tacos and a Star Wars party. This gave me the chance to perfect my food-that-looks-like-something-else skills. I think that tiny tacos are adorable, and the Yoda Guacamole was so cute!
We had our holidays, too. Rosh Hashanah, Passover, Chanukah and Purim… they all involved food and lots of friends around our Family Table. It’s always good to have a sous chef with you for support during those big meal preps.
There were more meals, of course. The regular, every day dinners, the bigger dinners with friends, the cookies and cakes and (made from scratch) key lime pie, new fizzy drinks, lobster dinner, meatballs, pancakes, school lunch sandwiches, Halloween treats, and the ice cream. We eat so much ice cream.
So there you go. A year in food. I’d like to say I’ll post more often now but… I don’t want to make false promises. I have at least one post in the drafts, almost ready to go, so I will promise at least ONE more post this summer. How’s that for not over-promising, under-delivering?
My year (the last few really) has been full of heartache, tears, shouting and sadness. Divorce is hard, parenting is hard, new relationships and navigating, well, life, is hard. But this year has also been filled with the most wonderful bouts of laughter, joy, happiness and decadent food. My connections with others in my life have kept me afloat and we have connected over wine, beer, dessert, dinner, coffee, pancakes and, of course, ice cream.
Wherever you are, whatever shape your family is, no matter what you’re eating, I hope that you keep space at Your Family Table for laughter, joy and pure delight, with each other, with your food and, most importantly, with yourself.