Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lettuce at a Shabbat Birthday Brunch

This is what food looks like.

It looks like everyone talking at once, while dishes of vegetables, bagels, cheeses, humus and watermelon are passed over heads and under arms. It tastes like the celebration of three birthdays while grandchildren are handed with laughter from arms to arms. A simple meal becomes rich when family sits together.

This is Dina, sitting in David's arms next to one of my daughters' Great Grandmothers.

This is Nomi, two seats down from their other Great Grandmother.

This is the Lettuce from our weekly share, served on a Bagel with Cream Cheese, Cucumbers and Lox. The key with CSA ingredients is not to make macaroni and cheese with kale mixed in, but to think about foods that you would love to eat normally, and incorporate your share naturally into their mix. The recipe is simple:

Lettuce at Brunch
Adapted from Multi-Generational Wisdom

1. Collect many ingredients that will feed many folk. Go shopping while hungry. Think about the vegetarian, the vegan and the carnivore. Make eggs for the carnivore, so that all can be served on dairy plates.

2. Set the table with the red glasses handed down to a Grandmother by her Great Grandmother. Slice platters of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Unwrap two packages of lox and place them on plates. Fill bowls with fruit. Slice a variety of bagels. Know that whichever types you have, someone will always want the one you didn't get. Therefore, you might as well get the jalapeƱo, the pesto and sundried tomato along with you pumpernickel, poppy and everything. Try them all out, encourage all to comment loudly, and call it a day.

3. Rinse the lettuce. Tear it gently. Place it in a bowl. Serve. Add a couple of bottles of salad dressing to the already full table, in case folks are feeling inspired.

4. Allow the three year old to help decorate the birthday cake. It will make her aunt smile, and will taste delicious, regardless of its worthiness for a spot on Cake Wrecks.

How beautiful is my sister?
5. Serve up the babka. Admit it was slightly over baked, if yummy, and be excited at the prospect of breaking in the new Cuisinart while reattempting the recipe. Whoot.

6. The final step: stop your seven month old from eating the babka.

Share and enjoy.