One of the best things that we did this past weekend was cooking at my moms house with my grandmother and my aunt. My aunt and uncle from Manhattan were visiting Florida, and my grandparents recently bought a condo in Florida since they sold their farm in Brazil. Their condo is getting updated but they'll be ready to move in in no time!
My aunt made a dessert that she used to always make for us growing up in New York, strawberry shortcake. It's a simple dish of angel food cake topped with a quick strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and lastly homemade vanilla whipped cream. It was just as delicious as I remember it being.
The rest of the menu consisted of browned chicken in a cast iron dutch oven seasoned with paprika and red pepper flakes. My grandmother shared the secret to getting the chicken perfectly brown (soy sauce or some sugar).
My aunt also made collard greens which is another dish I haven't had since I lived in New York. She rolled the collard green leaves up like a spring roll, and sliced them into strips. On the stove top, she sauteed them with a little garlic, salt, and pepper, and they were so very delicious. The bitterness wasn't overwhelming, but the greens had the same earthy flavor that I love in brussel sprouts.
Another favorite that we had was polenta. Growing up, my mom would always make polenta which is made from corn meal. We'd always have a big batch and the next day my dad would take it and saute it in a frying pan making fried polenta, a little treat. I hung around the kitchen while every one chatted, asking my aunt and grandmother how to make these dishes that I've had all my life. We even made some solid plans for our honeymoon in February to Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil with my grandparents advice. We still have yet to book our tickets, but we are definitely on the right track!
We started the meal with a little cheese plate of brie, manchego, swiss, cheddar, and paired it with a champagne toast. We toasted to my grandparents new condo, toasted to my aunt and uncle visiting, and toasted to our wedding in which they were able to finally celebrate with us.
Tomorrow we leave for Austin, Texas! I don't have any posts scheduled for the week, so you'll have to find me on Instagram to follow along! I'm so excited for this trip and all of the good food, good drinks, and I'm even excited to play assistant as I tote along to my friend's work-related errands. Hope everyone has an equally delicious week like mines about to be!