Today is Father’s Day and the day before yesterday was the eldest grandson Daniel’s thirty-ninth birthday, so we had a special family gathering and special meal on Saturday.
Any good meal requires good planning by an expert planner. Especially, this meal. West African Ground Nut Stew is a favorite of the family, and Rachel is the grand chef who masters it all.
The menu calls for white rice, a broth made of meat and peanut butter, with a choice of added spices with a choice of condiments such as shredded lettuce, grated cheese, diced hard boiled eggs, green and ripe olives, diced tomatoes, shredded coconut, peanuts, etc.
A well-constructed plate begins with rice covered with the meat and peanut broth and with choice of condiments over all. Here is my plate. I topped my condiments with a bit more broth. Chulula and other hot spices were available for those who wanted them. Also home-made garden-mint and lemon tea.
There were fifteen of us around the long table. Rachel, Eldon, and Khalid; Daniel, (Angela was absent for testing related to possible thyroid cancer) Samantha, and JoLee; Phil, Amy and Ethan from Denver; Conrad, Diana, and Zach; “Joy” and me.
“Joy” considers us a fun family. Dan’s birthday and the day honoring the five fathers present produced a variety of fun cards. One of them from the family was aimed at me. On the face it declared: Grandpas are like “Elder Statesman.” They know all about family Politics/ How to work within the system/and what it takes to get things done. When I opened the card the music began and the family stood as one and saluted. Inside the card declared, “If grandpas were elected you’d get my vote! Happy Father’s Day.”
The meal was topped off by three pies purchased by Angela for our enjoyment in her absence: peach, cherry, and peanut butter cream. We missed her!