Unfortunately, I cannot be home with my mom today but if I were I would be cooking up a storm for her. I was trying to think of what her favorite dish is on my walk to Trader Joe's yesterday and I was hard put to come up with anything. For my dad, it's easy - Osso Buco (and yes, I plan on attempting to make this for his birthday in July - so stay tuned). But my mom, not so much. I think she just spends so much time catering to everyone else's preferences that she never really gets to eat what she wants and so I just can't place what that would be. Actually, now that I think about it some more I bet she would really like a simply flavored caprese pasta salad with some stuffed artichokes on the side. She's a veggie lover like me and the fresh flavors in this with the tomatoes and the basil would probably make her very happy. And a nice ricotta cheesecake for dessert probably wouldn't hurt. Well, at least now I know what to make for her birthday in about a month!
So if you remember, my roomie and I went to our first (but hopefully not last) Red Sox game last week! We felt like we couldn't go through four years living in Boston without ever seeing the inside of Fenway Park or our beloved Sox, so we sucked it up and bought some tickets off of StubHub. Now, I know what you're thinking - Joanne, you're a New Yorker, don't you have any Yankee pride!?!?!? The thing is, my family has always been Mets fans (even though my dad grew up in the Bronx - go figure) so I'm actually a default Red Sox fan by birth.
And don't tell my dad this, but I'm pretty sure I actually like the Sox better than the Mets. They just seem to be a much more down-to-earth fun-loving group of guys. How can you not love a team where the closing pitcher is renowned for doing Irish jigs around the field after a win (love you Papelbon).
Fenway is actually a really small stadium, which turned out to be good for us since it was raining/misting throughout the whole game and our seats were under an overhang. I would have much rather been in our cheap seats than in one of the boxes! Another thing I love about the Red Sox is the atmosphere that they create. Bostonians just have so much pride for their team, calling themselves the Red Sox Nation (of which I can now say I am a card-carrying member). They have certain songs that they play during every game (i.e. Sweet Caroline and anything by the Dropkick Murphys) and everyone knows all the words and sings along. All in all it was a great experience.
And because we know that no baseball game is complete without a beer:
Okay, so for the food. For mother's day, I got my mom a copy of my favorite cookbook. That is right - Bon Appetit's Fast/Easy/Fresh. The recipes in here really do take no time at all and I thought they might inspire her to get creative in the kitchen. It was only fitting, then, that I make something from the book to provoke her to do the same. Green beans were on sale this week at the supermarket so I headed straight for the index and the first recipe I saw was one for roasted halibut with green beans and Asian cilantro sauce. Perfect! The store didn't have any halibut so I used haddock instead (also on sale). The cilantro sauce reminded me of chimichurri with a sesame oil kick. All in all, a good, filling meal that I will be submitting to this week's Weekend Herb Blogging which is being hosted by Chris of Mele Cotte.
Serves 2, adapted from Bon Appetit's Fast/Easy/Fresh
1 large bunch cilantro (about 2 cups)
2 tbsp chicken broth
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 jalapeno pepper
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp soy sauce
Process in a food processor until pureed. Add salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
1 lb haddock
1/2 lb string beans
1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp chicken broth
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp soy sauce
Preheat oven to 450. Toss the string beans and mushrooms with the liquid ingredients. Place the haddock in a greased roasting pan. Pour the green beans and mushrooms on top. Roast for 10 minutes.
Serve with steamed rice. (I mixed some of the cilantro sauce in with the rice to give it a kick.)