Good morning, E!
Last weekend we celebrated April birthdays and tax day. I opted for something low-effort since N is working on the bug restoration and I knew you were bringing birthday cake! (can't we just have cake for dinner?)
I picked up some ribeye medallions which N grilled on the Big Green Egg, adding just the tiniest bit of mesquite smoke.
For green side, I had vaguely planned to make Sass & Veracity's Kale and Apple Salad with Bacon and pecans but I had some green cabbage in the fridge that I wanted to use. I looked around the food blogs and found shutterbean's recipe for Kale, Cashew, & Mint Slaw which sounded promising, so I started there, intending to switch up the dressing.
It turned out that I kept the dressing but made a couple of other modifications. I added granny smith and gala apple slices tossed in lemon juice to the slaw. I had a hard time finding the type of cashews I wanted, but I found Sahale Snacks Sing Buri cashews and picked them up as a backup plan. I ended up using the seasoned cashews in the slaw, which gave an extra citrus element (pineapple) along with some spice (Chinese chile) plus sesame seeds to the slaw.
If I made this slaw again (and I will) but with plain ol' cashews, I would be sure to add additional citrus, chili, and sesame seeds to the dressing.
N also grilled some asparagus to go along with the steaks and slaw, though he and G were disappointed that I vetoed baked potatoes!
You brought red velvet birthday cake that I hope you'll write more about! It was delicious and N really enjoyed the difference between the icing between the layers versus the icing on the outside of the cake.
I wanted to play a real game but I was vetoed and we played stupid-ass Uno again. Maybe that's why I came back from behind and won. I keep thinking if I keep winning, maybe they'll stop picking Uno... but I think I am going to have to hide the cards.
As for next time, I'm thinking about something along these lines:
We shall see...