Spending two months in California with my parents is basically an awesome culinary experience with a dash of family and a sprinkle of love. Family dinners, the four of us sitting at our round glass table to eat and chat, became a nightly tradition that I’ve missed while away in Boston. Every time, it’s hard to leave.
Below is a walk-through of some of my favorite meals, most of them made at home by my mother or I. Feel free to be inspired! I can provide ballpark recipes upon request. Links to all restaurants will be included at the bottom of this post.
Eggs Benedict for Mother’s Day (homemade)
Char Siu boas, literally like my favorite Chinese dish ever (from Capital Seafood)
Dimsum! (from Capital Seafood) I don’t know how to make these.
Baked salmon and grilled artichokes Salmon seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon, and mint (it’s also good with dill, that’s one of my favorites) Artichokes steamed, brushed with olive oil, grilled
Salmon salad and strawberry margarita for Cinco de Mayo Salad includes strawberries, avocado, cucumber, mixed greens, and a light balsamic vinagrette
Apple-pineapple chicken sausages, pasta, quinoa salad, and everything bagel french bread (which was white and fluffy and from Walmart and super sketch but delicious?)
Watermelon feta cucumber salad
Baked tilapia, quinoa/roasted vegetable salad and watermelon Quinoa salad involves roasting vegetables either on the stove or grill, mix with cookied quinoa and season with salt, pepper, lemon/lemon zest, garlic, extra virgin olive oil
Shell pasta with parmagiana, tomatoes, and parsley with a white wine sauce
Compost cookies made by me! Link to the recipe at the bottom of this post
Mint-cucumber cooler (non-alcoholic) Simple syrup (like a tablespoon per glass), sliced cucumber, fresh mint leaves, stirred with ice
Roasted grilled cauliflower with parsley
Sweetened marscapone stuffed strawberries with mini chocolate chips, addicting
Red wine sangria, served at our karaoke party
Spaghetti bolognaise with grilled zucchini, rosemary garlic bread, and MUSSELS
Lomo Saltado from Inka Mamma in Costa Mesa (so so good omg)
Alfajores from Inka Mamma, shortbread and caramel cookies that are basically the best things ever.
Grilled bruschetta chicken with balsamic tomatoes and steamed broccoli, topped with homemade mint-pea pesto
Cheese/crackers/grapes dinner, something I’ll definitely have in Boston this semester.