Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- Woody Allen
And 90 percent of success is showing up with the food. For last night's dinner-for-a-brother's-birthday, I cooked/prepped almost everything at home with lots of help from G and then we lugged it all up to my father's house (being elderly, he's somewhat housebound, and prefers us to come to him). I'm going to say it with pictures, although we definitely have to get a digital camera. The colors here are not really true; the rice was a luscious saffron yellow which contrasted beautifully with the coral shrimp and fresh green herbs. Also we forgot to take pix of the apps and of the salad, which was a symphony of yellowy greens and darker greens, with romaine, avocado, mint, cilantro, scallions and green chilis...
Asparagus-Leek Soup (the grated parm on top is the thing!)
Saffron-scented Rice Pilaf with Shrimp
Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake; Mocha Ice Cream