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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Barbecue

When my cousin said she was going to make a fruit salad for cousin Q's family's barbecue, I wasn't expecting this!

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When I first walked by, I thought, "How nice. Someone bought an Edible Arrangements bouquet."

When I found out the oldest 87's middle sister and the older '88 made it, I thought, "How niiice!!! So fancy!!!"

They made it by using a head of iceberg lettuce to hold the base and cutting fruit with cookie cutters and a ridged knife.

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My contribution was two pitchers of Sangria and a pitcher of Strawberry Lemonade.

Of course, I started on the grilled steak first. The middle '87 said she had been chopping, mincing, and slicing all day. She made the salsa and chicken.

"The chicken is so good," said the oldest '87's middle sister. "Where did you get the recipe? From Martha Stewart?"

From Wandering Chopsticks, said cousin Q's little sister, who often cooks from the blog. She had told me she planned to make my recipe for Ga Nuong Xa (Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Chicken).

Ha! As if Martha cooks with fish sauce.

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I had half a cheeseburger and a sausage.

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And one piece of shrimp. How come I was so full then? No room for grilled corn or pork chops.

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My youngest uncle's cereus was still blooming. The blooms of the yellow and pink varieties last for several days, unlike the white Dutchman's Pipe Cactus which wilts in the morning.

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Then it was time for an ice cream break.

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The older '88 made more of her famous pumpkin crunch. I had three pieces. Three little pieces. Although, I could have eaten more.

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Grilled oysters. I had a lot of these.

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And look! A teeny tiny pearl inside my oyster.

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Cousin Q's older brother's sister-in-law's fiance remarked that it seems like we keep multiplying.

Are you referring to the food or the family? I asked. Because the answer is both! :P

1 year ago today, Tacos al Pastor (Mexican Sheperd-style Tacos).
2 years ago today, the first appearance of geraniums in flowerpots.


  1. Fabulous looking BBQ...from alpha to omega!

  2. yes, nice pictures with good depth of field! :)

  3. Are you sure there was enough food :-)?

  4. These pictures are really good :). They look very wide this time compared to some of your other shots.

    That fruit bouquet looks very good :). So creative too!

    I think the only time I have gotten a pearl in my oyster was in Asia at a pearl shop which was showcasing how to get a pearl out from a oyster.

  5. Everything looks so yummy! Do you think older '88 would be willing to share the recipe for her famous pumpkin crunch?

  6. YUM! I've been craving grilled chicken and have printed out your recipe but have yet to make it. Perhaps it's time :-) And that shot of the cereus steals the show - gorgeous!

  7. Did you keep the pearl? Should I start eating more oysters now? :) Happy to hear you had a festive celebration! :)

  8. Peter,
    I was stuffed.



    I could have eaten some more after some digestion. ;)

    My cousins did an awesome job on the bouquet. So creative.

    Scrapper Al,
    Well, if she shares her recipe, then she won't have to make it anymore for our family gatherings. Can't have that! ;)

    My mom gave me a pink cereus that's really lovely. I can give you cuttings if you'd like.

    I still have it. The pearl is so tiny, I'm not sure what to do with it.

  9. I love the fruit arrangement.

    We get Edible Arrangement bouquets for lots of family functions and everyone loves them. Maybe I need to try making my own...

  10. Small Kitchen, Big Ideas,
    I've never thought of making my own edible arrangement either, but after seeing how fabulous the one my cousins made, I should try. Seems so simple to do with such great results.


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