Most Sundays we all gather at my parent’s house. I do laundry, catch up with the siblings and we all indulge in some good Portuguese home cooking. Usually my Mom caters the meal to the first child that mentions heading over. Yesterday it happened to be Gary and my Mom was planning to make mussels, apparently one of his favourites. Since I didn’t want mussels and had arrived at the house before him, I went from being 35 to 5 years old and threw a temper tantrum. I sternly told my mother,
I. Don’t. Like. Mussels.
I might have actually stomped my foot while I said it. I really wasn’t in the mood for mussels.
Mom’s response “What do you want?”
Mom “Fine, you make them”
My inner voice “Shit”
This is how Sunday night turned into Fajita night. Since this was the first time taking over the kitchen and I was limited in my culinary skills, I sent Mom away to chill out with Lucy and roped in Tina to help me out!
Even Lucy’s meal was Mexican inspired. We made her her own baby guacamole. Basic guac recipe but hold everything except avocado, also known as mashed up avocado!
True, this wasn’t a typical Sunday Portuguese style meal but everyone enjoyed loading up their plates. We did however use our Portugal table cloth – if you’re Portuguese, you know you own one too!
I was pretty proud of my Sunday Dinner, I guess Mom was too. She already sent me a text this morning asking what I was in the mood for next Sunday…