It’s the middle of January of 2017. Today’s short walk with Steve around Green Lake provided a surprise not witnessed since he was a young man in the early 70’s. The lake is frozen!
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
I love traditional postcards. Picture on one side, writing on the other. From the many that we have received for Christmas over the years, I kept a number for my personal postcard collection. These are European cards, sent to us by our family members and friends in Slovakia and Czech Republic – previously Czechoslovakia – and Hungary.
No doubt, mashed potatoes are an ultimate comfort food. These are the smoothest, creamiest, and flavorful mashed potatoes you can imagine. Warning: they are very rich in butter and therefore very delicious. Give it a try, especially around the holidays.
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.” — Bertrand Russell
Calm reigns in our garden. It’s the end of November. Today, there are almost no leaves on the trees.
Have you dreamt about cutting back on sugar, at least a little bit? Here is a good way to start. This muffin recipe comes from Kathy Abascal’s The Abascal Way Cookbook. There is no sugar (of any kind) in these muffins, and they don’t have any flour either.
Do you like sunshine and being protected from the wind? Dahlia, this colorful spiky perennial, this beloved elegant garden flower that is native to Mexico, definitely does.
Roasted beets can be effectively used as a basis for a variety of dishes, whether it’s a soup or a salad, a sandwich or a puree. They can be pre-baked and stored in the refrigerator for a few days.
When I was growing up, in the summer, cucumber salad used to be on the menu in our house almost daily. We ate it as an accompaniment to fried chicken or a roast, but I liked it the most with a simple Hungarian potato dish made with sweet paprika spice.
In Pozba, our small village in the South-West region of Slovakia, summer for me mostly means relaxing, but there is also working around our house and garden, visiting family and friends, and eating lots of delicious local foods.