“Pressure” is one of those odd words in the English language. Sometimes used to describe physical force exerted, influence, or persuasion, this time of year we tend to think of stressful urgency. After all, isn’t that what cooking around holiday time seems to feel like?
What makes weekend meals so special? Usually we take a little extra time to prepare the food, and we tend to linger around the table. In a perfect world, that would be every meal!
During these darker, chillier days of autumn, “comfort” seems to be on every one’s mind.
- Crockpots replace charcoal grills
- UGGs replace flip flops
- Afghans replace beach blankets
- Snow shovels replace flyswatters
You get the picture . . . . . .
This is a dangerously delicious salad. One of those salads that will tempt you to eat nothing else for dinner. Or at least nibble the ingredients while preparing it, leaving you with no appetite for other food. But the risk is worth taking!
Very few things in this country can claim a 200+ year history, especially one riddled with drama, scandal, and fame. But even though the Old Fashioned has a lengthy and colourful history, it is very new to me.
It has been more than 2 months since my last posting. These weeks have been filled with joy, grief, change, friends, excitement, loss, fun, adventure, family, and growth. It’s been a crazy ride, that’s for certain!
“Stewed” anything is an ugly word in the English language. When you stew something, you basically cook it slowly – in its own juices – which brings amazing flavour to any dish. But in Swedish, “stuvning” introduces other lovely liquids to enhance. Like CREAM.
I am embarrassed to admit that I actually like the shorter days of autumn. Seriously! During the long daylight hours of summer, I need to be outdoors from sunrise to sunset. When darkness hits about 6:00, I treasure evening in the cosiness of our home.
As a middle child, I tend to be a people pleaser. But at the same time, I don’t like to be boxed in. As important as rules can be, for the most part, they are simply guidelines.