Sorry I’ve been away this weekend and missed my usual Fave 5 Friday post. Last week was a crazy work week and I ended up staying at work pretty late Thursday night so I was just too drained to write a post when I got home.
I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! This weekend I went to spend some one-on-one time with my Grandma. I’m really lucky to have the most amazing Grandma who is so with-it and sweet. Our times together often include lunches and dinners out and shopping, but this weekend we decided to cook together so she could teach me how to make some of her old family recipes.
Everything my Grandma makes is absolutely amazing but one of my favorites is her chicken and dumplings. I have fond memories eating this meal as a kid and loved the combo of the doughy dumplings with the crispy potatoes.
First she made the fried chicken:
I actually don’t eat fried foods due to an intolerance, but she explained to me that by frying them you are better able to lock in the moisture of the chicken so that it doesn’t get dry and then I just don’t eat the outside.
Then I started rolling the dough into little dumplings…
It was absolutely amazing and a total feast! One of the great things about eating healthy most of the time is that I never feel guilty any more about when I splurge. We had a wonderful meal that was full of great conversation.
Coincidentally, this was not my last fried chicken experience of the weekend! On Sunday I went with my parents to the opening of a soul food restaurant! For their grand opening weekend you could make a reservation and have your whole meal for free! I ordered the Princess Jordan- Chicken breast with macaroni and cheese and collard greens. I feel like when you are at a place that is known for certain specialties, you just have to go for it… so I did!
Clearly there was a lot of splurging going on this weekend and I’m already looking forward to getting back to my normal healthy eating. But one thing that really stood out to me was how important food is in family traditions. For example, my Grandma’s chicken and dumplings are something that she used to have growing up and in turn, made them for my mom and then me as we grew up. It is a great recipe that is passed down with love throughout the family and is surrounded by memories. Similarly, at the soul food restaurant, each dish was named after a family member and all the recipes were passed down in the family.
As much as I love to go out, there is something so nice about cooking a meal for someone. I feel like it’s an act of sharing a personal piece of yourself with them and what a wonderful gift to give. I can only hope that someday I’ll be able to pass my Grandma’s recipes on to my children and grandchildren, just as this family has done at their restaurant.
-Did you have any splurges this weekend?
-What’s your favorite family recipe?