When funds are low at the house, Mother’s Day becomes less about things and more about good food and good company… Of course, Mother’s Day is a silly holiday in my book. Every day is mother’s day! Any day that ends in “y” is mother’s day.
To that end, I made a quick stop at Trader Joe’s this afternoon.
We like to do fish on weekends and I was hoping they had red snapper. No such luck this time.
I bought the seafood blend she likes to start off the weekend and she bought some broccoli, red peppers and a red onion for it. The beauty of the blend mix is that the stir fry is always just a little different and that keeps it interesting.
I bought four little flounder fillets stuffed with crab meat – these are awesome and rich and quite a treat. The plan is to make a faux risotto with orzo, maybe with a bit of spinach.
Finally, the coup was the very seasonal red Argentine shrimp – sweet and tender like lobster. I have not decided how I’ll make them, but I’m thinking it will be a simple sauté because the shrimp ought to take center stage and not the condiments.
There are still a few tiny heirloom tomatoes in the house and they’d make for a beautiful rainbow of flavor to add to one of these dishes, maybe drizzled with a little olive oil and oven fries. That way we’ll have tart and sweet and crunchy and savory in one dish.
No celebratory weekend could come and go without chocolate covered fruit medley but this year I added sea salt caramels covered in chocolate. (Yes, by all means, fan yourself and think about that for a moment. I’ll wait…)
I managed a tiny surprise for Mom (not to be spoken of here until after the fact, just in case).
Ultimately, the true value is the time I get to spend with Mom. I hope those of you who are blessed to have their mommies can enjoy some time with them. Those who cannot have a virtual hug and I hope you can take a moment to remember them fondly, with a smile in your heart.