As the weather warms, the menu in our house changes rather abruptly to consist mainly of more things one might find cold and fresh from the garden. I think that’s why I love caprese salad most. It’s basically the cold garden thing with a little bit of lovely cheese thrown in. I find this to be the perfect compromise and lovely bonus to an otherwise outrageously healthy little meal. I actually sketched this just before Philippe served me the same for dinner as if I’d somehow conjured it up. This doesn’t seem to work as well with all the desserts I sketch, as those never seem to magically appear. But I guess that’s a good thing. If I ate half of those fantasy options I would be unable to wear my clothes. As I get older, my portion sizes have gotten ridiculously smaller in order to match my dwindling metabolism. Last year on this day, I was celebrating the various national days that crop up so I would be remiss not to wish you a very Happy National Garlic Day. I didn’t eat any garlic today, so I’ll have to make a note to celebrate that one tomorrow.
Although I eat mainly vegetables, the key difference is that they’re mostly cooked or sautéed during the winter months. In spring, things seem to landed fresh on the plate in their raw, and I’ve been told, far healthier form. I know that eating raw food is probably the best in most circumstances, but feel a little sense of loss for those warm versions of things. It’s gets so hot here sometimes in the summer though that anything cold is a welcome treat. That said, I would far before to just have a bowl of ice cream and call it good. I love the changing seasons, but sometimes I have trouble making the transition. I’m ready for the warmer weather as I’ve spent months complaining about the cold and then I’m not quite ready for the change in food. But spring just makes me happy so I eventually acquiesce. I love to sit outside again and listen to the birds making all their little various bird sounds and enjoy the cool breeze as the sun begins to set.
Spring always seems rather short here in the Midwest. Some days are perfectly wonderful and then we have rains, thunderstorms and the dreaded tornado season. I remember all the times I spent hiding in the basement as a kid, and honestly it all felt rather like an adventure. I’ve never seen a tornado in my life though. They’ve been all around me, but I’ve thankfully never had to experience one firsthand. It’s still a concept that Philippe, coming from Paris, hasn’t quite adjusted to yet, and he has so many different NORAD and weather apps on his phone I no longer have to look myself and just ask him what’s coming next. But I’ve always loved living here. Having four distinct seasons is such a wonderful gift. And spring is one of my favorites, even with the storms, there’s such a wonderful feeling in the air. A positive sense of newness and hope that is exciting and feels like the year has only just begun. So, I embrace it. With all the fabulous changes that take place it’s truly an awesome time of year. And yes, I’m even starting to get used to idea that my food will be changing and sort of enjoying the idea of salad season.
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