As we head into a Memorial Day weekend here, and skip towards summer, our art challenge prompt of “leaves,” made me think of salad. I actually love salads of all kinds, but they also become a mainstay around this time of year, since I wait until absolutely the last possible moment to shed the pounds I acquired during cooler weather. This is the time of year when the salad isn’t an opening to the meal, but indeed the meal itself. I do miss the hot soups and hearty stews of the colder months, but salad is a welcome and fresh change. And I hope all of you who are enjoying a long weekend have a perfectly wonderful one filled with family and friends. Actually food at Memorial Day gatherings when I was growing up rarely ever included salad. The only thing green was often the relish on the hot dogs, which I never cared for, so my plate was simply all brown and beige with a bit of yellow mustard highlights. And it was delicious!
The larger family gatherings of my youth no longer happen these days. Family is spread out and not often living in the same state, or now, in the case of my extended family, even in the same country. But each time this time of year comes around, I often think back to those times fondly. Events filled with indulgent picnic food that, as a kid, was an incredibly exciting thing indeed. Something as simple as baked beans can become rather extraordinary when you only have them once a year. Deviled eggs were always one of my favorites that showed up around Easter time as well. Ugh, now I’ve gone and made myself hungry, so it’s good to know that dinner will be here shortly. Tonight, will definitely include salad, but may just have a slice of pizza thrown into the mix thanks to Uber Eats. Philippe is cooking for all of our friends on Sunday so I decided it was my night to “make dinner.”
I admit that ordering carry out is not the same as actually cooking, but it’s the only way I know to produce a dinner. And dinner arrived just before I could finish this post, so we did indeed just enjoy a little slice of pizza heaven and a lemony arugula salad. So, this is one of those rambles that is truly rambling and I’ve no idea what point I’m actually trying to make. I think, in the end, I’m just thrilled with enjoying a bit of time this long weekend to have some fun with friends. And in this very moment, I’m typing this last little bit while sitting outside on the terrace and enjoying a glass of wine. Our dog Phineas is sprawled out directly next to me enjoying the last rays of the setting sun. The slow kind of sun that only happens this time of year, making the day seem luxuriously longer than it ever did before. Though I don’t have much of any real substance to report, everything still seems so perfectly wonderful. There’s definitely magic to be found in that time of year when I find myself eating leaves again.
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