This weekend is Canada’s 150th Birthday. So naturally people have a long weekend planned. Either today or Monday off. I’m planning on enjoying the time with my family tomorrow during the day. An old friend of mine will be visiting in the evening for dinner. Pretty subdued and relaxed. My favorite part of the weekends in the summer? We are going to BBQ!
Smart shopping and preparing meals is another aspect of my father that I took away from him. Sure, when I was younger I just wanted to take off instead of help. But I did learn a lot about being a savvy shopper when it come to meat. I learned to buy in larger quantities and separate the meat into meals. Today I bought some grilling steaks and divided them into three meals for the five of us. As I trimmed the fat off the meat, I remember clearly my father explaining the easiest way to do this to avoid waste.
I also recall late afternoons on weekends, my father would come home from his morning golf game and we would watch PBS. Sometimes it was “This Old House” or “Fawlty Towers”, usually it was “The Frugal Gourmet”. I would sit on the floor and play with my Transformers or Lego and the show would be on as background noise. The room we had was segregated from the kitchen with a half wall. When cooking at the stove, you would face the tv. My father would be in the kitchen preparing our weekend meal and talk to no one in particular about “what a good idea” when he saw something on the tv.
Maybe it was subconscious. Maybe I took my father’s acknowledgement of the show as intelligent. Whatever it was, I have become a great chef in our home. I can make some of the most flavorful meals around with some of the simplest ingredients. I love experimenting with foods and spices. Not to mention accompanying sides. This summer, I look forward to all of the meals that we can cook and enjoy outside. Hopefully I can convince our children to help out. Maybe they could learn a thing or two. Sort of how I did- even without my father being aware of it.