Happy family day! Weird holiday yes? Especially as it comes the day after love day. Do we really need days in our calendar to remind us to feel love, express love and to cherish our family? Name the holidays whatever you like- family doesn't come from a day off of work, or blood relations with any number of people you might have nothing to do with if you weren't related. Family, like love, is just a feeling.
Last week, I had dinner with this amazing family of ladies.
This is Catherine Farquharson, photographer extra-oridnaire! You've met her before here. Catherine is the talent behind that photo up there in my site masthead and Catherine is a brave woman. She had me over for dinner. We actually had a double date of sorts. Along came my sweet friend, Vanessa Farquharson (book author and journalist and just happens to have the same last name as Catherine... and they kind of look alike) and also in attendance was Catherine's best friend Hilary Doyle (Reporter for the Business News Network, and braved a faced off with David Suzuki).
Catherine had us over for dinner in a little Julia eats Julie's cooking type deal. See- Catherine was cooking for me, using all of my recipes. When we walked in the door, Catherine proclaimed that this was a ridiculous idea and that it was the equivalent of my deciding I would photograph her next set of head shots.
Catherine did her research and given that she read through past posts in a short amount of time, she knows a whole lot about me. She knows that I love Brussel's sprouts the most and so she made us Brussels' sprouts with pine nuts. Awesome. She went back to the last 5 Days Vegan challenge blog posts and pulled out the delicious recipe for Sweet Potato and Buckwheat Burgers. She even accompanied it with almond dipping sauce! She steamed some artichokes, made some easy tortilla pizzas and grilled some peppers to make it all look beautiful!
And it was awesome-town. Not just the food but the company too. We talked about men, sex, work, love and running away to huts in the Mexican jungle. For the night, we were the best family there ever was- without the obligations and politics. Family was the feeling and that has nothing to do with being related.
Dinner really was deliciously wonderful. Food and company wholly included. But why aren't there any pictures of us hot ladies? Because... well, sometimes when you are hanging with family, you don't really worry about how you look. Family doesn't judge such things, chosen family anyway. My real family will be the first the tell me when I am having a bad face day. And I love them for that too.