Yesterday was our six-month wedding anniversary (and, of course, 7 1/2 years together too!). Our plans for a fancy and romantic dinner were set aside because of general laziness and disinclination to spend what little money we have. Instead, R. requested that I cook picadillo – a dish which in my house represents mid-week simple suppers, but in his mind is everything exotic and new.

Picadillo

Picadillo: made all over Latin America with all possible variations. Mine has beef mince, cumin, onion, garlic, red pepper, olives, capers, raisins and tomatoes. Served with rice.

Dessert

Given the homely nature of this dish, I insisted on a fanciful dessert. Meringue nests with cream and raspberries.

We had a lovely evening, with a minimum of fights and some smug back-patting on our achievements so far. Another six months and we can start divorce proceedings!

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