This post was updated in February 2015 with new photography!
I am writing this not long after my parents have hit the road and are off to Toronto where my Dad has some speaking engagements. It’s very sad to see them leave, but I am happy and feeling really satisfied with their visit. We did everything we set out to do and spent some real quality time together!
Some of the best family time is spent around the kitchen table. Since this was our first time welcoming Mama and Daddy into our home, I wanted it to be really special and memorable, so I crafted a menu tailored to their favourite foods (even though palette-wise the three courses probably aren’t supposed to be served in one sitting, but who cares).
The first course was a dish I made over a year ago and I knew it would be an instant hit with my Dad – Broccoli and Blue Cheese Soup. My father is obsessed with strong cheese (preferably Stilton) so when I made in last year, I phoned him and told him I’d make it for him someday.
- 3 tbsps olive oil
- 2 tsps minced garlic
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 2 tsps dried thyme
- 2 lbs broccoli (I used frozen)
- 1 litre chicken stock
- 200 g blue cheese, crumbled
- Pepper, to taste
- Put the oil and garlic in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the green onions and cook. Add the thyme and the broccoli and stir. Add the chicken stock and the cheese and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for five minutes. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Reheat and season with pepper, to taste.
- Adapted from Nigella Lawson
It’s a really easy soup to make – it’s pretty much just onions, broth, pureed broccoli and blue cheese with lots of pepper and salt. But the sharp flavour of the blue cheese really lingers in your mouth and definitely makes this a memorable first course. And guess what? It’s not a Canadian Living recipe! It’s my beloved Nigella!
The second course (main course) was also a Nigella recipe. I didn’t want us to feel stuffed, so I thought three light courses instead of a heavy one and two small ones would be better. The second course was Crab & Avocado Salad with Wasabi Dressing – one of my tried and true favourites.
(Hint: always buy your crab at Costco in cans. It’s way too expensive anywhere else.)
I have made this dish many times – for My Long Lost Friend, for My Other Half, and for girls’ night chez Kacie and Erin. It’s always a hit! Thanks to my big cousin Denise for getting me a huge tub of wasabi from America!
The last course was blueberry pie (blueberries are a family favourite) with vanilla frozen yogurt, but alas, I didn’t make either. There weren’t enough hours in the week with soccer every single night and all the errands I had to run to prepare for my parents’ arrival!
Nevertheless, they loved the soup (Dad raved about it and even had leftovers later on) and licked their plates clean of the salad.
More to come on what we ate this weekend!