Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy dad day.

happy father's day.

hello friends. i have decided to be lazy, and type in all lower case. it's father's day - so i have decided that it's all ok to do that.

i hope that all of the fathers out there have had a fabulous day with their families. i hope that all of you that have fathers in your lives - that you were able to celebrate it in the way that you love.

for those who have fathers that have passed on - i hope that you have been able to sit and remember your best memories of them. 

my dad passed away 13 years ago this past boxing day. i miss him so. i miss him like it just happened yesterday. i sometimes think that i can't really believe that he is not here. i miss him so. i like to think back to our fathers days that we did have together. we would always do a bbq with steaks, and we would usually get him a few different gifts - something that he could wear and then something fun. he was always so appreciative of what we did for him - and he always laughed. i still feel that it is unfair that he left us so early - and although i don't know why it had to be that way - but things happen for a reason - and i will just try to remember that.

i had a bit of a panic tonight when i couldn't find some really good pictures of him. i know that i have a lot of pictures of him, but i just don't have enough of them displayed around the house. i knew that i had these, which bring a tear to my eye b/c i know that he was so happy in both of them. 

this was my dad and mom - at my dad's 25th anniversary at eurocan.

my dad and i dancing at my grade 12 graduation. 

i had a great day today. i spent part of the day with jocelyn, her sister robyn and robyn's daughter marissa. we went and did a little shopping - we all came home happy with bags in hand. 

this evening we had my mom, sister and nephew and their student for dinner. we had a great feast, and got to spend some time out on the deck.  chris cooked up some amazing steaks, and I whipped up a very quick and easy pasta dish.

lemon pasta with prawns and vegetables

1 box of whole wheat linguine 
2 lemons
4 cloves garlic - minced
1 bunch of green onions - chopped
1 red, yellow and orange pepper - chopped
2 cups of grape tomatoes
prawns - i used a bag of frozen organic - shelled and deveined with the tails on
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup feta cheese - crumbled
1/3 cup basil leaves - chopped
kosher salt

in a large pot of boiling water for the pasta - add the juice of one large lemon. boil the pasta until al dente. 

in a large skillet, saute the green onion in a drizzle of olive oil. saute for 2 minutes and then add the garlic and a pinch of kosher salt. saute for another minute, ensure over medium heat being sure to not burn the garlic. add the peppers and then the tomatoes with the zest of a large lemon and the juice and then the white wine.  give it all a good stir and then add the prawns. when the prawns are pink, reduce the heat to low, add the basil, black pepper and the feta cheese. 

add the pasta to the prawns and vegetables and gently stir. 

top with fresh shredded parmesan - if you desire.

and that's it. super easy. super flavourful. the lemon is very refreshing. 

well friends - i hope that your weekend was splendid. give all the papas that you know a hug and remind them how much they are loved.




Anonymous said...

I had a good cry this am when I read your blog,those pictures of dad brought back so many memories, all good. He was a great dad to you guys, and loved you all so much.
The dinner last night was so good,all of it, from appies to dessert.

Jessica Jefferson said...

I am making this tonight!! and this is going to be the best ever!

rashmi said...

Thanks for posting pics of "Big A"...he was an exceptional human being and a wonderful dad to u all...I wil always remember him calling me "Jasmine"...n when I corrected him he said "i'm calling you Jasmine because you look like a Jasmine"...