Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Happy Sherbert's Day!

Saturday was my birthday - yahoo!

I had some good friends over for some good eats and good drinks. Everyone was a winner.

The weather that day was nice - really nice. After a large pancake breakfast at McKenna's (still no frozen lemonade) I spent a few hours digesting and then went for a run followed by the greenest smoothie of all.
Kale, spinach, kiwi, peaches, mango
Then came a knock at the door... Erik's parents very nicely sent me birthday flowers!
Lilies are my fav
Guests came over bearing many yummy treats and we retreated to the back porch to enjoy the phenomenal weather.

First course: the snacks
Watermelon feta kebabs (Erik)
Spinach artichoke dip with pita (Greg)
Sadly did not get a picture of the dip...
These kebabs are a great party treat. I made them for our Mediterranean Seder and they were a big hit once again.  I originally got the idea from Fun and Fearless in Beantown.
Cut up a watermelon into bite size pieces. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette (careful, it comes out fast). Place a piece of feta on top and skewer with a toothpick. Last time I made them with a piece of mint on top and I think they were even better that way. I bet basil would make a good flavor combo too.

Second course: the salads
Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella (Alex and Sarah)
Carrot beet apple salad (Me!)
Spinach garlic and grapefruit (Greg)

I have previously shared with you my second favorite beet salad but this one is better for warm weather.

Use a cheese grater to shred up a roughly even portions of beets and carrots. I used 3 medium beets and three large carrots. Grate in a granny smith or other tart apple. (I recommend peeling the apple first). Make the dressing. 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar,  1 teaspoon strong dijon mustard, agave or honey to taste, salt and pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes if you like some spice. Shake up the dressing and poor over grated carrots, beets, and apple. Let marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. HEAVEN.

Third course: the treats

Yummy summer fruit (Alex and Sarah) - sadly not pictured
Fancy coconut raspberry birthday cake - Erik
Love, love, love coconut
All courses: large pitcher of sangria.

I was so happy to get to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables in all of these dishes. We had a LONG, cold winter here in New England and sometimes it felt like I was going to be eating potatoes and root vegetables until they came out my nose.

What spring veggies/fruits/treats have you been enjoying? Anything people are particularly looking forward to as the farmers markets start up? I can't wait for cherry season!


  1. I am looking forward to sugar snap peas and of course fresh corn.

  2. I would love love love a slice of that cake!