OH what a good time we had! Well I had a good time anyway, not so sure about Janet and Marian. I say this because Marian had actually specified a couple of weeks ago, that we eat out -“No grilling”! I wasn’t planning on grilling but I also didn’t particularly want to go out to dinner because we would never be able to “hang” out there for a long time. I haven’t seen my cousins in more than a few months.
We have our rituals (thank goodness for some). READ Janet and Danny brought all the mixin’ s for Mojitos. What can I say? Mojitos are the perfect summer drink, hands down. If you remember from a previous post my cousin Janet travels with a well-stocked pantry, er I mean trunk. You just never know what might come out of there! So out came the simple syrup, the bunch of fresh mint leaves, the white rum, the bag of limes AND their own muddler. Really! I’ve said it before and will say it again, Danny is the master mixer of Mojitos. Tart and slightly sweet, icy cold and laden with limes and mint, this drink just refreshes you with every sip. We even got I-only-drink-gin-Peter to try one. Clearly he didn’t have as much rum in his as I had in mine (but then again no one else does have as much rum in theirs as I have in mine) because he was slurping that down like iced tea. And then he made himself a martin-some things never change.
We had drinks and cheese and crackers and salsa and chips and all sat around in the air-conditioned living room – no beach, no front porch for us, no backyard barbecue – it was just too damn hot. Actually I felt like I was recovering from heat stroke anyway from being on the beach for an hour.
I thought I had planned a fairly simple meal and I DID NOT ask either of my cousins to help me in the kitchen BUT even so, they meandered in and once again we had cousins cooking in the kitchen! I think it’s great fun, I love having them there with me as we put together a meal. I started frying bacon, Marian sliced tomatoes, I made a platter of lettuce leaves. Somehow Marian felt putting the toast in the toaster was not befitting to her talents so instead she sliced the avocado and perfectly I might add. Janet ended up finishing the bacon, I started getting out plates, platters and bowls. There was a small problem;
My kitchen table seats four and we were six, the table itself could not hold all the food and the plates. Janet figured out that if we put napkins and silverware on the plate we garnered a few inches and if we put the corn and salads on the counter and just put the sandwich fixings on the table it might work. I’m sure this is a genetic characteristic she inherited from her mother, my Aunt Marian who always managed to seat 24 people at table that sat 18 or some such number. It has to do with exactly how much space (read width) one needs to be able to cut food using a fork and knife and get it into your mouth without bumping into your neighbor on your right. It worked.
Just in case you were thinking that the only thing we were serving was corn on the cob and BLT‘s, you’re wrong. We had potatoe salad, two kinds of macaroni salad, AND we had two kinds of bacon and tomato sandwiches. You could opt for the traditional on white toast (the only acceptable bread for a BLT) OR you could have a bacon, avocado, tomato and sprouts sandwich on rustic Italian bread. Yes I was channeling Martha, I admit it.
Dessert was a little of this and a little of that. We had brandy cake backed by Marian, chocolate-covered strawberries from the ladies tea on Thursday, a few pieces of watermelon, and some cookies. Sorry I even mentioned making hot tea….
Bob and Marian were considering taking the train home but Danny came to the rescue and offered to drive them back into the City before he and Janet wended their way back to their NJ hometown. It being Friday night, I hoped they would make decent time – surely they would be going against the traffic.
I did forget to mention one little thing and that is that although I think I am a cleaner-upper and put-it-away freak, my cousin Marian has me beat. If I was slicing something and laid the knife down for a moment to go into the other room and say something, when I came back the knife was washed and she was drying it!!! For Heaven’s Sake Marian! I asked her to restrain herself till we at least were done with plates, pans and utensils before she was hell-bent on washing them. I had to let her dry the dishes once the meal was over otherwise……..