Thursday Night Dinners with my Dad

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on November 13, 2010

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than eating food with family in the house you grew up in. πŸ™‚ A lot of people don’t get the luxury of doing this very often (because they don’t live close to their families, etc.) And most of the time, I sort of take my Thursday night dinners for granted, because they’re such a routine part of my life. Every Thursday night since I got married, my husband and I go to my dad’s house and he cooks dinner for us! It’s always an amazing home-cooked Indian meal and is such a nice end to the week. Every Thursday, I walk into this kitchen…

… which is the same kitchen I walked into for 23 YEARS before I got married and moved out of my dad’s house. Crazy huh? And we always have a warm meal waiting for us – this week, my dad cooked us moong daal and cauliflower sabji – sooo good!

Moong Daal Ingredients: EVOO, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, turmeric, curry leaves, salt, 1/2 green mirchi (green chili pepper), pinch of goor (which is like Indian brown sugar), cilantro, moong daal

And the cauliflower…

Cauliflower Sabji Ingredients: EVOO, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, turmeric, cumin powder, salt, cilantro, cauliflower, potatos & peas, 1/2 green mirchi

We serve ourselves in the plates I used to eat in when I was a kid… how funny is it that I still eat Indian food out of compartment plates?? πŸ˜›

And it’s so cute how my dad buys us special treats that he knows we’ll enjoy but won’t buy for ourselves – like these ice cream cookie sandwiches from Trader Joe’s that he bought for my husband…

If you haven’t tried these they really are super yummy – and perfectly portioned so eating one won’t ruin your diet!

For the next few hours, we eat together, chat, catch up on the week and sometimes watch Larry King or a movie or whatever happens to be on TV at the time. It’s seriously one of my favorite parts of the week – totally relaxing (because my dad is like the most relaxed, calming person on the planet – and we have an amazing relationship which I am so grateful for!) and it’s nice to not have to cook at the end of a long week too πŸ™‚ I’m so lucky to have an awesome father (who also happens to be a great cook) who lives only 30 min away from my husband and me. Thursday night dinners will definitely be a tradition for many years to come.

Do you have any special traditions you do every week or month? I’d love to hear about them from you! πŸ™‚

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Sara November 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

The tradition of having dinner with your dad once per week is adorable! We do take those things for granted! I see my parents once per year so I’m kind of jealous right now πŸ™‚ Enjoy your Thursday nights for me!

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anjalim November 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

@Island Vittles @Kristen @Sara – thanks so much for your comments! It’s so great hearing about your own family traditions – hope you all have a great holiday season and are able to see some of your family members that live farther away from you!

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Kristen November 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

How great that you are keeping ties strong with this great tradition. We used to eat with my in-laws every 1st Sunday of the month when we lived by them (for about 18 years!). Now that we are far away, we haven’t settled into any other traditions.

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Island Vittles November 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

what a wonderful post! My dad was never the cook that your dad seems to be, but he made awesome potato pancakes with slices of bacon in the middle. I used to show up unannounced on Sunday mornings to hang out with him & my mom, watch some sports and gorge on potato pancakes. So many happy memories! Theresa

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vegan November 15, 2010 at 7:41 am

Nice Post!

I wonder how are you able to mention the proper Hindi names of ingredients… πŸ˜€

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lemonsandanchovies November 17, 2010 at 9:06 am

How sweet that you have weekly quality time with your dad and that he cooks for you! Very special indeed.

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