Today is my birthday -- not a significant, noteworthy, big-0 birthday, just one of the birthdays tucked in between the big ones -- and as many of you know, my husband Ted, Cousin Martin and I are traveling in a warmer, more tropical part of the world. Feliz cumpleaños to the friends and readers of The Perfect Pantry who share this birthday. I'm not sure how we'll celebrate my birthday where we are today (I'll try and remember to post some photos on our Facebook page), but if I were home, this is the menu I'd serve.
The birthday dinner menu of my dreams
Without shrimp, it's not a celebration. When Kathy, my former cooking assistant, and I made this shrimp with tarragon and yogurt sauce, we licked the plate clean. I'd be happy to do that again.
For a main dish, I'd choose something very spicy, like this miso-Sriracha glazed salmon. Another lick-the-plate dish that both Ted and I enjoy.
I'd accompany the spicy fish with three Asian-inspired side dishes. First, steamed bok choy with spicy hoisin glaze.
Then, this simple zucchini ribbon salad.
When it comes to dessert, I'm not big on cake or cookies. Something with fruit always appeals to me, so I think I'd make this sugar-free, low-fat lemon frozen Greek yogurt. It's very lemony, and a little bit rich, without leaving a heavy feeling at the end of the meal.
I'd love to know what would be on your birthday menu. What's your favorite meal, your favorite cake, the special treat that says "Happy Birthday"? Please share in the comments.
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