I took a train to my parents’ house on Friday after work. As a result, my weekend was full of good eats!
And lots of cuddles with this little munchkin:
Anyway, back to the food. My mom’s in China visiting my grandparents and other relatives for another week so all of the cooking was left up to my dad. My parents tend to still eat family style, as is the Chinese tradition.
On Friday, my dad stir-fried some pork with peppers and mushrooms and I baked some tilapia in lemon juice with asparagus. We also had some leftover cauliflower, brown rice in our bowls, and two full glasses of red wine. Delicious!
On Saturday afternoon, my dad suggested baking up some bruschetta. I was definitely on board! Bruschetta before I popped it into the toaster over:
Half-eaten bruschetta after the toaster oven. By the way, I adore my parents’ toaster oven! It’s awesome and I use it all the time when I’m home. Wish I could find room for one in my apartment’s tiny kitchen!
On Saturday night, my dad, sister, and I decided to go to Applebee’s and take advantage of their Two for $20 special. My dad and I both started with beer: a pint of Blue Moon for me and a “Brewtus” of Guinness for my dad.
For her entree, Steph picked the three cheese penne. It came with grilled chicken on top. I tried a bit and found the penne a bit undercooked and the dish as a whole pretty heavy. Not my style, but my sister liked it.
My dad picked the 7 ounce house sirloin with fries. I had a small piece and it was cooked to perfection and perfectly tender! It’s hard to get a good steak at these American restaurants, so my dad was definitely happy with it.
And for breakfast this morning, I toasted up an English muffin. I topped one half with marmalade and the other with raspberry jam. Banana slices on top of both. It was good! I liked the half with the raspberry jam a little better though. The marmalade was just a little too sweet for me.
After breakfast, my dad and I tackled my mom’s garden. Sadly, we didn’t get a before photo, but believe me when I tell you it was quite a transformation! All thanks to the fantastic Awesome Auger I borrowed from my boss. It took us less than an hour to get the whole thing turned and ready to be planted. My mom will be pleased to see it when she gets back from China.