5.14.2019

This Year's Mother's Day Menu

My mom is awesome, but terrible at letting other people do stuff for her.  She also really likes vegetables. So once a year, on Mother's Day, I don't allow her to contribute anything and cook a multi-course fancy meal focused on vegetables.  Really I should probably do it once a week the rest of my life if I want to come close to making up for everything she's done for me, but who's keeping score? (Plus I don't know if she could handle being the recipient of that much anything... ha!)

She absolutely loved the cauliflower I made last year, so that was my starting point.  I wanted to do something fun with asparagus, and the raw use of it in Ruffage was unlike anything I'd made before plus the whole grain mustard vinaigrette sounded delectable.  When perusing Bravetart, the German chocolate twist on oatmeal cookies caught my eye because my mom's favorite dessert is German chocolate cake (spoiler- they did not disappoint, SO good).  The rest came together based on what looked good at Whole Foods.

MENU

RAW ASPARAGUS SALAD
with Shallots, Radishes, Arugala, Egg, and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette 
(from Ruffage cookbook)

LAMB LOIN CHOPS
Marinated in Greek Yogurt, Cumin, and Aleppo Pepper
with Crispy Chickpeas, Rainbow Chard, Lemony Yogurt Sauce, and Fresh Dill 
(Inspired by a recipe in Alison Roman's Dining In)

SAUTÉED CAULIFLOWER
with Pine Nuts, Parmesan, Pickled Peppers, Crispy Breadcrumbs and Fresh Mint 
(Recipe here)

MELON SALAD
with Basil Oil and Goat Cheese

GERMAN CHOCOLATE OATMEAL COOKIES
with Coconut, Dark Chocolate, and Caramel 
(From Bravetart cookbook)



Did you do anything to celebrate Mother's Day? Any fun culinary traditions? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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