My folks are keen travellers. A less charitable person might say they are madly spending all our inheritance, but I have a grudging respect for their worldliness. Very grudging sometimes, on this next trip they will be missing Dad’s 65th, Mothers’ Day and my daughter’s 6th birthday.
So, two days before they embark on their next big adventure we decided we would meet in the park for a picnic with my sister and her kids.
Picnic food. Hmmm.
I decided that meatballs would be a sufficiently finger friendly food to bring along. I threw some things in the bowl, but when I tasted one after they were cooked I was less than impressed.
These need some serious tarting up, I thought.
|The BBQ sauce, image courtesy Jason Thomas|
It was then I remember a recipe for BBQ sauce in the cookbook. Its subtitle was that it could be used to ‘dress up dishes that might otherwise be dull.’
My meatballs had dull written all over them. I needed this BBQ sauce.
Turns out BBQ sauce is onions, apple and tomato with a bit of butter and brown sugar for luck. It was easy to make, and even though the dire state of my pantry meant I used tinned tomatoes with basil&oregeno instead of the required passata, and I omitted the chilli because my kids would freak out…
[‘Ahhhhh no, we can’t eat chilli, we might burn up and diiieeee’]
|Bung it all in a pot. Easy as|
…the resultant sauce was quite tasty.
… so tasty in fact that I gave the leftovers to my sister (after she gave some subtle hints about how fantastic it was).
|I made two jars... so I didn't mind giving one away|
My thoughtsOne of the things I love about my family is that they always make an effort when it comes to food. Sure, there are nights when we pull stuff out of a box or tin, but for big family events (or even small family events) you can see that dishes are made from scratch and with love.
Cooking for each other is how we show our love: planning a menu, taking the time to make special dishes. We have got to the stage in our lives that we don’t really buy gifts anymore, but it’s not uncommon to make a multiple course dinner. A degustation if you will.
More food=more love.
Happy birthday Dad and Happy Mothers’ Day Mum xxxx