15 January 2012

Clive and Murray's 'Southern' dinner (even if they didn't eat any!!)

Clive and Murray loved going to Hilton Head  ...

(a huge benefit of Clive being an assistance dog was that he was able to sit on the plane with us and fly Dublin-New York, New York-Savannah, ensuring Murray travelled happily and confidently) ..

They loved South Carolina -  playing on the beach, swimming in warm waters ...

They got Mom to make a video of their holiday that they love to watch over and over ....


Petey's Mom, Jane who invited us over to Hilton Head came to visit us here in Dublin last September and she brought over a great Southern cookbook - Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose.

Murray's Mom and his sister Sorcha spent this afternoon cooking ...

Cooking "Sold My Soul to the Devil-ed Eggs" - Cabbage Rolls - Ginger Molasses Cookies from the cookbook ...

The deviled eggs were really simple to make and thanks to Murray's grand-aunt Margaret - we even had the right plate to display them ....

Murray's Mom and Sorcha recently saw "The Help" after having both read the book and they enjoyed putting together something they had read some much about ... (they loved the fact also that the film was nearly as good as the book).
The Cabbage Rolls were a great success - they might not have looked the prettiest - or maybe that was just the way that they ended up after being cooked in the oven for over an hour ...
But they tasted really good and half the mixture was put into red peppers as well.  We loved the hint to drop the peppers into boiling water for 2 minutes before stuffing them and baking them.  Made a big difference ....
Okay, they also don't look the most attractive - but they sure made up for it in taste!  Murray loves minced beef so we thought this might be a good way to get him to eat a slightly different version!
And did he?? Well no, he enjoyed all the plating up and discussion about what was in the dishes ... but he wasn't tasting any!!  He had some plain brown mince ...

But everyone else went back for seconds and had more cabbage rolls ....
Then for desert we had Ginger Molasses Cookies - rolled in sugar!  All thanks to Sorcha - she's the pastry chef in the house!  They were absolutely delicious! (Okay, Murray had a plain chocolate chip cookie!!)
So delicious in fact, that there are none left ....
Lucky we took a photo earlier!

Murray and Clive having a look at the recipes ....

We really did try to encourage Murray to sample the 'new tastes' but he can a hard man to persuade. His tastes are very rigid.  He has cookery in school once a week and they are working very hard there to try to get him to experience 'new tastes' too.  Some days he's great, more often he will just smell the food and say "no thank you".

He did enjoy watching the rest of us eating ....

He enjoyed showing Clive the food that we had cooked ....

He enjoyed kissing his dog before bedtime tonight ....

But he wasn't going to be tempted by some 'Southern' food ...

However, it was a good exercise - Mom and Sorcha got to cook together, Murray's Dad enjoyed his 'Southern' dinner and Murray got to help 'tidy up' ...

Well, even if he didn't eat the dinner - he still has to understand that everyone tidies up!!

- Clive & Co

11 comments:

  1. What a delicious meal! That book was excellent, I thought so too!! Beautiful pics!

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  2. Looks like a great trip. All that food is making me hungry though. haha. :)

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  3. We are all drooling here. Mom says she thinks she would love those cabbage rolls and peppers. We think we might like to taste those cookies:)

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  4. Mmmm - looks delicious! Especially those ginger cookies.

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  5. What wonderful memories! You have us all drooling here. The stuffed peppers look so yummy and the cookie recipe looks like one that has been in our family for years! Our recipe makes 8 dozen cookies so naturally, mom has to cut it down unless they're for a HUGE pawty!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  6. 8 dozen - WOW! Our recipe made only 2 dozen but they were all eaten well before bedtime last night!!

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  7. Awesome! Although we did have a moment of panic when you mentioned "The Help" and trying out recipes..... grin.......

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  8. Hmmm, I may need to try those recipes myself while I'm down here. The temperature isn't quite summery, but warm enough for just a sweater. (Tell Colm it's perfect for golf!) Hope you're planning a return visit this summer (hint, hint)...

    Your pals,

    Petey and Jane

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  9. Those dishes look very inviting. No wonder Murray and Clive look so content for even if Murray won't taste the dishes, he gets to enjoy the smells of good home cooking, he's a lucky young man. There's something great about opening the front door after a day's work, your nose picks up the smell of savoury food, you know the cook is good and you start to relax before you reach the kitchen door. The man of the house in the House of Clive is blessed to have not one but two good cooks under his roof, oh,happy man!

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  10. Wow! Got to love those food. I get hungry. :D

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  11. That was a great video, it sounds like you all enjoyed your trip :)

    What a great way to spend a day cooking all sorts of different food!

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

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