My parents came for a few days earlier this month, and while I think my husband found the whole thing kind of bewildering, I was really grateful for their company. Even when my mother flagged down a waitress with a question of English etiquette and prefaced the question with, “We’re foreigners, so I just wanted to ask…” as if our sweetly flat Midwestern accents hadn’t made it immediately clear that we aren’t from Cambridge, I was glad to see them.
They flew in from France, where they had been vacationing, and immediately got to work: my mother and I went to the grocery, and then my dad and I made a lamb cassoulet. I was thrilled: I’ve been in a serious culinary rut and was sick of both preparing and eating pasta and eggs. I hadn’t cooked any meat since we’d moved to Cambridge and I never think to make anything with beans. The whole thing was a revelation.
The next day we spent the lion’s share of the afternoon moving furniture. I had imagined that we’d go to the Polar Museum (where I still haven’t been), maybe walk around the market, explore some of the old city….and we did, a little bit. We went to the Fitzwilliam Museum and I showed my mum Stourbridge Common and the Mill Road Cemetery. But mostly they cooked and rearranged furniture, and together they walked up and down Mill Road over a dozen times.
Although we had real food, real wine and real plates and glasses to put it on, we (still) haven’t managed to get the salt into a salt shaker. Things are still progressing slowly.
mary ritchie said:
when you tell this story about me being a boob with the wait staff, you neglect to mention that she was happy to talk about her sister in Seattle when we gave her the opening and that she was very helpful about the menu. I still had the venison, which i still don’t like. But i thought maybe Scottish deer were tastier than the American version. So just saying. mum
Cassoulet! As soon as the semester is over (49 days, but who’s counting?) I’m totally going to make a cassoulet. Never had one with lamb though – it was good?
Having never made it before, I don’t know how it stacks up against other cassoulets…but yeah, I thought it was tasty.
Also, I’m going to try to transition from adventure to snacks in a couple weeks, so hopefully by the time the semester is over I’ll have provided you with delicious cheesecake, soup, brioche, roast chicken, and meringue recipes. and if you want me to test-drive any for you, I’m mos def open to suggestions.
only 48 days now 🙂