May Birthday Family Feast!

   Summer vegetables ready to be grilled

Summer vegetables ready to be grilled

May is a big month in my family -- we have 3 birthdays to celebrate, plus mother’s day.  Since we all have busy schedules and I don’t live in the same city as everyone else, we have started celebrating all of the holidays during one big weekend bash.  And if you’ve learned anything about me by now you should know -- my family celebrates with food!

  Grilled tomatoes

Grilled tomatoes

We gathered on the long Memorial Day weekend to put together a family feast.  It was the perfect day for a barbeque.  Temperatures in the mid-70’s, sunny with a breeze to keep us cool, I spent a lot of time on the porch in a swing with some pomegranate iced tea and a cat in my lap. 

  Grilled marinated tri-tip

Grilled marinated tri-tip

The rest of the day was spent cooking.

  Sabzi poloh with fried potatoes

Sabzi poloh with fried potatoes

My two sisters and I prepared the bulk of the meal and encouraged our parents to sit down and enjoy the sunshine.  We grilled almost everything -- a huge batch of summer vegetables from the farmer’s market, 2 marinated tri tips, and a fillet of salmon so big it must have been half of the fish.  We also had some Persian sabzi poloh, which is basmati rice cooked with fresh dill and Italian parsley, with fried potatoes cooked in.  For dessert we had homemade ice cream sandwiches in flavors like salted caramel and cinnamon horchata.  It was a very good day.

   The full meal - grilling makes everything taste amazing

The full meal - grilling makes everything taste amazing

The best part of this feast was how simply and organically it all came together.  My sisters and I have been cooking together all of our lives, and we have a harmony in the kitchen together that is unlike anything else.  We anticipate each other’s moves and needs, lending a hand when necessary and stepping back when the other needs some space.  When we cook together, it is casual and fun -- the perfect way to celebrate as a family.H

   My mom loved the ice cream sandwiches -- happy birthday everyone!

My mom loved the ice cream sandwiches -- happy birthday everyone!