Every year as soon as the “it’s gonna be May!” N*sync jokes start rolling in I start planning the best month of the year. This year is no different. In fact, it may be better. May is my birthday month and this year my birthday falls on a Sunday. For some people this may be disconcerting but for me it just means I have two weeks to celebrate (at least). I mean honestly, the great debate of if Sunday starts or ends the week rages on while I take advantage and continue my celebrations.
I have always shared my birthday with a few people. Whether they were born on the 6th or the surrounding days it creates such a fun bond. Some how, regardless of the fact that I share the day with so many people it still manages to feel unique and special each year. That may have something to do with the routine.
I strongly subscribe to the idea that you shouldn’t work on your birthday, calories don’t count, and flowers are encouraged. Every year I take the day off and spend it with my mom whose birthday is the 9th. We workout, brunch, shop, cheers throughout the day, and then go to dinner with the rest of my family. While I love to go out with my family I also love to celebrate with my friends. Last year was a seis de mayo theme in my new condo. This year I have a patio party in mind. Truthfully, I am going out of town after my birthday so I didn’t want to deal with the clean up after a party, but if I had, the menu below is what I would have put together.
The starter for this celebration would be a sparkling rosé. Spring is the time for rosé wine and paloma’s on a patio. The bubbles add an additional festive flair and don’t get in the way flavor wise of anything to come.
Main Dish: White fish is perfect for a wow factor dinner with little effort. My favorite variation is brushed with lemon oil and topped with Italian breadcrumbs and parsley. Golden brown, flaky, lemony perfection. The recipe is at the bottom of this post.
Sides: The basic yet delightful main dish leaves room to be super fun with your sides. For the salad switch things up a bit and make this shaved fennel salad from Bon Appetit. It will be accompanied by these loaded grilled eggplants with a creamy herb sauce. The true stunners of the night.
Pair the main and sides with some crisp white wine, sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.
Dessert: This dessert epitomizes Spring. A little complicated but so, so worth it. It is Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Buttercream from Halfbaked Harvest.The first time I made this it may or may not have failed but the heaping pile of remaining cake was absolutely delicious. If this seems like a lot more than you bargained for when you planned your dinner, pick up some macaroons from Pistacia Vera. These light, pillows of perfection will end the dinner on an equally delicious note.
The best meals are those that don’t take a lot of work as a whole, are celebrating something, and spent with those you love. So, whether you are celebrating the recent amazing weather, a birthday, or another special occasion I hope this menu serves you well.