My mother leaves for Shanghai tomorrow, and I'm facing the prospect of living alone with my father for the next few weeks. To say we have somewhat of a volatile relationship would be putting it kindly. So I remind myself of some of meals we had over the holidays. Like the fresh dumplings we made, skins and all. Or the beef tenderloin dishes - one in a traditional Shanghainese curry beef soup, the other poached and served with a garlic/chili sauce.
Food-wise, we should be ok. We've devised a system where we share grocery shopping duties - he washes, I cook. And I handle everything on weekends. But in practice? We'll see. We'll see . . .