Monday, May 15, 2006
Effortful Treat for Mom!
Happy Mother's Day!
To be honest, I don't usually buy a lot of things for mom nor do many things for her. I know.. treats should not be limited to Mother's Day only, but since today is Mother's Day and mom is a `sucker' for special occasions.. hehe, so I wanted to put in that extra effort to do something for her.
I cooked for her! I also went out to buy her presents that she wanted - as she only told me last night..!
A few days ago, I asked where she would like to go for dinner.. or would she rather eat at home and try my cooking? She chose the latter. It was actually a better idea since grandma is not mobile and we wouldn't want to leave her at home!
So I pored over my recipe books for two days and by lunch time today, decided what I would cook. Mind you, I am hardly a culinary expert and I hardly cook for that matter. But the few times that I tried, the dishes turned out pretty good I would say. hehe.
Mom let me choose so I selected the feasible and tasty-looking ones. Creamy mushroom soup and grilled steak with capsicum. Yes, am going Western since we eat Chinese all the time. There were quite a number of ingredients that I needed to buy - from the meat and vege to sauces, vinegars and fresh herbs such as thyme and chive (which I honestly could not tell by their look!)
Oh, mom's specified gift was two lipsticks of particular shades to replace her current ones.
After lunch, I went to KLCC - for a change as I always go Bangsar. I decided that I would shop for her lipsticks at Parkson and the groceries at Isetan's supermarket.
While the lipsticks were the tougher ones to choose as I had to get the shades as close to her original ones.. the food stuff was easier. Isetan has a very good selection of food stuff and ingredients, thank goodness.
I reached home slightly after 5pm and started cooking right away! The soup took quite some time to make.. what with chopping, boiling, blending etc.. The steak was easier, just marinate with a few sauces but preparing the capsicum was time consuming! Especially after grilling, I had to peel off the skin (as according to the recipe) before mixing with garlic, vinegar and herbs..
As I forgot to get loaves, I improvised and cut the oatmeal bread at home into strips and toasted them, to dip into Balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
The taste? Well, the mushroom soup in particular was very yummy and mom had two big bowls! However, the steak turned out too tough, as they were grilled and not fried. Could not gage the timing. We liked the capsicum too.. and mom loves the bread and Balsamic vinegar
Overall, I was quite pleased with the results and mom thought the dinner was delicious. Guess she was a bit surprise that her daughter could actually cook! ;)