So I’m making dinner this Saturday for Beatriz’s mom, who is a native Colombian. I get a little nervous cooking for Beatriz’s mom. Last year it was Easter when I first cooked for Beatriz’s mom, so I made a pretty large spread for both of our families. I made baked ham and assortment of fresh roasted vegetables. It was mostly all very successful. I’m thinking of taking a similar simple approach this year. Beatriz and I are huge lamb fans and I found this Anchovy and Rosemary Roasted Lamb recipe off Epicurious, which is wonderful (made it once to resounding reviews). Beatriz’s mom enjoys lamb also so we’ll try that recipe again.
I figured that the rest of the menu will be straight forward. I was thinking roasted potatoes (it would be nice to find fingerlings, maybe a Fresh Market stop is in store this evening), and just a steamed or plainly prepared vegetable (Asparagus?)
Toughest decision by far is the dessert. Last year I tried to impress Beatriz’s mom with this great Colombian Arroz con Leche Recipe off a great site www.mycolombianrecipes.com. Last year when I made it however, while it was great in flavor, the rice was a bit too al dente. I’m not exactly sure where I messed up, but I feel a little anxious going the traditional Colombian route (plus it might be a bit poserish because I don’t know the first thing about Colombia, and until I met Beatriz I spelled it “Columbia” and thought it was in Central America).
I do a nice tres leches cake… Might be better to do something a bit more in my wheel house (I’m not a baker/dessert guy remember). Hmmm, gonna have to figure this one out. Any ideas?