Tuesday, May 27, 2014

a gathering on the deck

Memorial day, and seven of us, family and friends, gathered here for a relaxed evening. The sun was warming to body and soul after a winter  from hell, the grill was ready to go, and I'd made a big pitcher of frozen, slushy margaritas which were a big hit. We sat and chatted for a long while, nibbling on marinated radishes served over bocconcini and topped with lemon zest and chopped  chives. Also, a plate of crudites with a spicy dip and a bowl of roasted, pureed eggplant whipped with thick yogurt and seasonings. Rachel, my personal grillmeister (and daughter) first grilled the chicken pieces which I'd painted with a highly seasoned rub that included curry, cumin, allspice, ginger and more.Then the shrimp, marinated in dark rum, lime juice and cialntro and skewered. The accompaniments were a salad of green beans, edamame and snow peas in a mint vinaigrette and piping hot garlic and  herb bread. Lots of light white wine and for dessert chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Unceasing conversation , loving family and friends - what could be better.