Monday, May 09, 2011

The Goldilocks gene

Did you have a nice Mother's Day?  The guys took me out to a new Italian restaurant.  Our final destination decided after two days of going back and forth... and a decision was only made close to 2:00 on Sunday due to my blood sugar dropping dangerously (it was a great excuse to order garlic bread for an appetizer).

I would say it is a defective gene from the gene pool but two of us do not share any DNA... our indecision about restaurants is only related by marriage.  I call it the Goldilocks gene and it can be frustrating whether one inherits it or receives it when the marriage vows are exchanged.  It came from my side of the family.

One could say our indecisiveness is due to a desire to celebrate on a tight budget but that doesn't explain when I'd pick Stephanie up to have lunch together when we lived in the same town.  Ten minutes of her lunch hour would be taken up with where to go for a meal... and we usually ended up at the same places... sigh.  The problem could be the plethora of restaurants to choose from in our town.

Anyway, the pizza was delicious and exactly what my tummy had sent out for... even if for awhile my brain didn't figure it out.  It turned out to be a nice day with an excellent excuse to be lazy and read far into the wee hours of this morning.

This was the first day of summer mode with finals behind "us" (I say us since they affect the family schedule!) and Christopher's working full time at his job which was originally designing Apps for smart phones but has morphed since then.  This summer he will carry both his full time job and part-time hours doing research in computer security for the University,

I've been tweaking my hummus recipe as well as researching Jerusalem salad recipes.  I made both today and all three of us agreed the hummus is now achieving excellence, a result of reading lots of advice online and from my cookbooks.  The Jerusalem salad turned out pretty good but Christopher and I had some ideas to tweak the tahini sauce to make it more like what they serve at his favorite Middle Eastern restaurant... which now costs $4.95 for a side serving!

It is all part of my quest to make yummy restaurant food cheaper at home... and the side benefit is that we don't have to decide where to go!  ;)


Heather L. said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Brenda!!! Glad you got to go out. My sister's mother-in-law kindly had all of us over for a delightful Sunday afternoon.

Kodomo3 said...

Would share your hummus recipe and any hints? I am getting ready to go back to Japan and I am really going to miss hummus. I will have to make it myself there if I want any. Thanks so much! I don't comment much, but I have been reading for awhile. Your blog is inspiring and always a blessing.

Vee said...

You can turn everything into a good thing, I do believe. Glad that you all went out to eat to honor the day. I don't know about you, but my at home pizza never tastes as good as restaurant pizza.

hmsclmom said...

Would you please share your recipe for your Jerusalum salad?

Mrs.Rabe said...

I am going to have to look up Jerusalem Salad...I have never seen it! My husband likes to try new foods, so I may have to give it a go.

Glad you had a good Mother's Day and got to read into the wee hours of the morning. It is fun to do this kind of thing once in a while!


DebD said...

my husband and I have always chalked up our indecisiveness to birth order. We're both middles.

I love trying to recreate restaurant food at home.