And just in case you were worried...
I have been (no, not curled up in a fetal position on the couch), but in the kitchen...scrubbing and chopping and olive-oiling a butt load of vegetables for the making of a grand stew for supper. These are getting ready to go into the oven for a light roasting, to bring out the sweetness. It's a melee of carrots and turnips, and onions and garlic, and sweet potatoes and celery and parsnips. Most things from my garden, a few things not. I also have this going on, on top of the stove:
My favorite cast iron skillet full of my favorite vegetable...braised Brussels sprouts. They will go into the stew as well. At the end. If I don't eat them all first. I just cut those little babies in half and put them cut side down in the skillet of hot oil. O.M.G. They are so good, topped with a little sea salt and cracked black pepper. I will cook a pot of brown rice and serve the stew over that, and it will be a yummy, comforting meal on a cold winter night. The stew will also have a spoonful or three of organic peanut butter in it, pushing the protein up a little more. And lulling our taste buds into Nirvana.
My house smells so good...I cannot tell you. Yesterdays high temps of 70 degrees have come to a crashing halt. A gigantic thunderstorm last night brought in a cold front and it was 37 when I got up and has dropped at least 5 more degrees now. Maybe more. We are supposed to get snow by Thursday. It was a serious storm, with tornadic winds and blasting rain and lightning like you can't believe. It woke me up from a dead sleep about 1 AM and I ran here to unplug the computer and my phone. :)
I smell veggies starting to toast...better go check....Mmmm...time for stirring. They are just about done,.
I got out the new rice cooker (remember?? The one the Irishman got at their company Christmas party??) It's big- a 16 cup cooker. And I just opened the box for the first tie and it is a steamer as well! Very cool. I washed it all up real quick and will get the rice going here in a minute. Then I will head for the shower, as I have to leave for MissB's by 2:30.
It's cold and blustery and the dogs have all gone in and out and in and out. They don't want to stay out too long...not even little Caylee the snow dog. She says snow is one thing, but this bone chilling cold is something else entirely. lol Even the chicken, who were dying to get out of the coop, have gone back in. I wish I could just stay here in my little coop today too...but...today and tomorrow and then I can stay home for 2 days in a row. And not even get dressed at ALL, if I don't want to. lol
I will put the recipe for this stew on my food blog, once it's all done and I have pictures of the finished product. It's really satisfying meatless meal...and we're trying to do that at least 3 times a week. As well as eat out of our pantry. I do need to stop at the market for toilet paper and butter, lol...but other than that I haven't bought anything in about 2 weeks. (Can that be right??) goody.
If I had more time, I would make a loaf of artisan bread to go with this...sheesh....why didn't I think of that this morning?? lol
A quick FYI--my nephew (thank you all for your loving thoughts and prayers) is doing well...had another surgery on the lung and they siphoned a lot of fluid off the other one. He is off the ventilator, I think, and is trying to talk and has kissed his sweet wife. The cat scan looked good and the other things are healing up nicely. Again--thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughtfulness.