The windows have been open all day. Love the fresh air and the sunlight! Summer is here and I’m loving it, aren’t you?
There is a theme this week in Picture Inspiration, a suggestion that we explore something. Silly as this may sound I chose to explore my kitchen. Got out the cookbooks and did some serious cooking. This banana bread is just as yummy as it looks…and I was wise enough to store it away instead of eating it all in one weekend. It will be great for breakfast with my coffee. Among other things I made some gazpacho, that delicious cold soup that is filled with tomatoes, veggies, and cucumbers. Most likely I will be giving some of it away since Mr. Mark is kind of picky when it comes to veggies.
In the crock pot I combined some Polish sausage, chunk pineapple, green peppers, onion, carrots, and some corn on the cob, and let it cook most of the day. I’ve seen this done with hot dogs… but me and hot dogs are not on good terms so I chose the sausage. This was very good, except for the corn. I’ll leave it out next time.
The best part of the day was just being in the kitchen, creating good wholesome food. We go through spells of eating out a lot then eating at home, then eating out…. you get the idea. Swinging back and forth like a pendulum. So to have the day to just create at home, trying new stuff, was very satisfying.
After all that cooking, dish washing, sampling, tasting, and putting away, I wanted to get a photo that spoke of exploring my culinary skills. (cough, cough ***) This last one is the best I could do, and it looks like a magic mirror at the county fair.
The kitchen is my favorite room in our home. Not only a place to create, but a gathering place, filled with beautiful light from the old windows. This theme of “exploring” implies going where you’ve never gone before, learning something new, examining something up close. There are weeks that go by when I hardly cook a thing (please tell me you know how that is…I’ll feel better), and then comes a time when I just have to be in there trying new things.
That’s just part of my story. How about you? Do you cook every day? Do you prepare stuff in advance and have it ready on the spur of the moment? What cooking websites do you enjoy?
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