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Food for thought

November 17, 2010

When I got home last night The Child was doing homework and The Man was working. I was dying to see what the produce fairy left me so I went straight to the kitchen and donned an apron.

This week’s produce box was impressive! This is what is going to drive my meal plans for the next 2 weeks…

Mustard greens, radicchio, bib lettuce, radishes, carrots,

cabbage, kholrabi (WTF?), spinach, yams,

cranberries, apples and pears.

I had leeks from the last box that needed to be used so I got to work making soup – since that’s the only thing I know to do with leeks. Without intending to, I spent over an hour and a half alone in the kitchen and I liked it. Actually, I think I liked it a lot.

As I sliced, diced, sautéed, simmered, roasted and reduced I felt a great sense of peacefulness and happiness that I was doing something nice for my family. It felt like a really great way to unwind and transition from work/commute to relaxing at home.

I realize that this is no great revelation to many. I am just one of those people who can cook but I never really noticed that I like to cook.

For the first time ever I found washing up to be quite pleasant and even meditative.

(Usually doing dishes ranks right behind shopping on my list of things I will avoid doing at all costs.)

So I made potato leek soup, pan roasted radicchio with a balsamic reduction (I have officially watched too many cooking shows) and a salad with carrots and radishes. We all sat at the table for more than a half an hour, enjoying our dinner and (mostly) each other’s company.

It was all very idyllic and blissful and I was thinking how perfect life is for a little while.

But it’s not. Life is life.

I guess the best one can hope for is to keep looking for these moments and enjoy them to the fullest.

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