Just Add Cheese

Broccoli Florets Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Broccoli” today, I doodled a couple pieces in their all-natural healthy form. In my mind, of course, I was imagining them with a bit of cheese added. Philippe makes the most amazing broccoli and cheese and while we’ve been in lockdown, I’ve attempted to get him to make it whenever possible. It’s just a very happy food that reminds me of my childhood and makes the day a bit brighter. I asked him to make this awesome dish tonight and he reminded me that I had also requested french fries earlier in the day. I simply nodded in agreement. He stared at me and then turned his head sideways, willing me to see his point, but I just shrugged. Finally he said, “You can’t have both!” This is when my inner child gets super perplexed as that statement seems to lack any logic at all. But, thankfully, my adult understands his point and so the broccoli and cheese will have to wait until later in the week.

What I’ve found during this exceptional time is that being home all of the time gets a touch dull. So, having some fun bit of food to look forward to each day, has become a key source of entertainment. And, beyond the amazingly beautiful weather, this is another reason why I’ve spent a lot of the weekend walking around outside, just to balance things out. Indeed, I still didn’t walk enough to justify both french fries and my favorite dish. I’m not entirely sure I’ve worked off enough calories to justify the fries, but I’m not going to mention that to Philippe. I noticed our neighbors outside grilling something that smelled delicious, but I’m not entirely sure what was on their menu. It’s nice to see people outside and doing what they normally do this time of year. Though, of course, there are still no guests invited to their party.

Later this week, we’re going to have dinner with one of our dear friends via video. Interestingly, we’ve actually done this well before the current times, since she has kids and sometimes can’t get a babysitter. I miss getting together with friends in person and will be happy to return to that one day. In the meantime, Philippe and I are just enjoying our evenings at home and finding new things to do to keep things interesting. And yes, some little treats here and there as well. We actually have more cobbler in the refrigerator, because Philippe made a second one. I apparently bought a giant-sized bag of peaches when I was ordering groceries online. It was impossible to defend myself as it seemed very intentional, but this was indeed just a happy accident. Little bits of comfort food will get me through these times. And my wise inner child always knows that whenever a day begins to feel ordinary, just add cheese.

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  1. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Love broccoli, with or without cheese and your broccoli look delicious. Funny you mention peach cobbler; I was just looking at a recipe for “Tennessee Peach Pudding” which looks a little like cobbler on steroids. It’s either going to be that this week or “Blueberry Cream Cheese Loaf” . My last baking adventure was a peanut butter, oatmeal, raisin, pecan bar that ended up being a cross between fudge and a brownie and tasted great (tough it was a bit sticky) and made enough for the proverbial small army. Also, my husband thinks it definitely needs dark chocolate morsels next time….sigh. What’s a few more calories? Have a wonderful week, Charlie!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕Just looked up that recipe for Tennessee Peach Pudding! hehe… Yum! Looks so good! We might try that! And a few more calories are never bad when it comes to dessert! lol

  2. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Well done on the broccoli heads Charlie. Glad you got to get outside. We are hungered down as the rain has rolled in, the temperature is dropping and snow will fall in parts of our state. We shall see in the morning if it missed us. It won’t last but blossoms are starting to open.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay for the blossoms at least! Yeah, spring is coming a bit slower this year it seems.

  3. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    At first glance, this broccoli looked like you sketched all the little round thingies. Thanks to the computer I was able to diagnose that it was the scribbling technique. Well done!! I spent the majority of the day out in the yard. It actually was pleasant and I got a lot done!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕hehe… yep! It’s always just a scribble with me! But it’s a fun illusion! Glad you got to spend the day in the yard!

  4. Robert Coleman 2 years ago

    OK, yummy trees! Broccoli is delicious especially with the melted cheese. And I like how you used little dots of pure colors in the broc head, a pointillist/impressionist technique that works so well in watercolor! It makes the little florets sparkle in the light! And what a fortuitous error, buying too many peaches…. Nice touch!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 Thanks! Yep! I used a pointillist approach when I sketch broccoli… just makes it pop I think! And thanks…. I thought the extra peach purchase was a pro move indeed! hehe

  5. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Broccoli, even with cheese. It isn’t the taste so much as the texture, so I don’t mind it riced, though.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Oh wow… texture only, eh? That’s interesting! I adore broccoli in all forms, even without cheese, but I do adore it with! 😉

  6. Lisa 2 years ago

    Tomorrow I am making a broccoli and cauliflower salad with bacon and raisins in a mayo dressing. It’s really good and my neighbor who has cancer really likes it, so I hope it tastes good to him. Damn chemo is really messed with his tastebuds.

    I dragged Joe out for a walk today and we saw a hermit thrush, so that was cool. Rain again tomorrow, but at least we got a nice day in between.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Oh wow! That sounds yummy! And glad you got a nice day in between with something lovely to see! 😃💕

  7. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Beautiful and wonderful painting!!

  8. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Lovely doodle Charlie.

  9. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    I’ve never had broccoli with cheese. Will try it next time. Love your sketch and the post too!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕 Broccoli doesn’t really need it as it’s quite delicious, but with cheese, it’s really awesome!

  10. Fatima Chamkha 2 years ago

    We had also a great weekend with Sunny and warm weather i went out biking.I had a dish with cheese burgers and salad .the broccoli painting is awesome i rather like broccoli with pasta instead of fries.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Fatima! 😃💕 Yeah, I think broccoli and pasta would always win with me as well!

  11. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    Fabulous!!! You all have a most awesome week Charlie!!! 🙂

  12. smzang 2 years ago

    Outstanding… especially that last line!!

  13. Linda Calverley 2 years ago

    Lovely painting Charlie. I’ve never had cheese with broccoli.

  14. Gaina 2 years ago

    I LOVE cauliflower cheese! 😁 … With fries – waistline be darned! 🤣😇 It’s actually very nice with steamed fish. 😊

  15. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Although your broccoli looks good..still not a veggie person..LOL thanks

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe… really? Philippe and I eat mostly all vegetables. I have to admit, though, he cooks them exceptionally so they don’t taste like the veggies I had growing up! lol

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