The annual birthday dinner!
Sometimes we go out for dinner to celebrate our birthday, sometimes out to lunch, sometimes on a weekend getaway…. Sometimes we do none of the above.
Regardless of that whole bit, we always have a ‘Birthday Dinner’ at home.
Mon mari’s choice is almost always lamb chops, some sort of gratin potato and asparagus if I can find it. The starter varies from year to year…. whatever his current favorite is.
My choice is always Vitello Tonnato, pasta with fresh, home-made pesto, melon with dry-cured ham and whatever vegetable the garden gives me.
The problem is that, while I love mon mari’s birthday dinner, he barely tolerates mine.
That’s not totally true.
He likes everything but the Vitello Tonnato.
But things change…. Tastes change….
In the early years he left the room while I ate.
In more recent years he would grill a couple of hamburger patties and join me for the rest.
This year he actually ate the Vitello Tonnato.
I’m told it’s an acquired taste.
I acquired it the first time I tasted it years ago in Venice.
It’s a Northern Italian dish, not often seen on menus.
If one loves it…. One truly loves it. It’s a DO (Digestive Org*sm)
I really, truly love it.
This is properly made with a veal roast that is braised for hours, then sliced thinly and served with the sauce.
This is my shortcut version…. Summer cooking!
I’ve included the traditional Tonnato Sauce as well as a version using commercial mayonnaise rather than the raw egg.
The recipe, Vitello Tonnato, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Vitello Tonnato.
Remember the fireplace?
We nows have a mantel as well as sides.
Yes, the sides are wood, but this will never be used as a fireplace.
We could open up the chimney and put a stove in, but the plan for the moment is simply candles and floowers.
I had to show you this tomato plant.
I have no idea how it remains upright. It has so many tomatoes on it.
I have it tied to the poles for the green beans on one side and another tomato plant on the other.