Not even the lure of a cup of coffee with fresh table cream was enough to convince me to brave the wet. The neighbourhood trees are growing into a riot of green, leaves bursting from branches like out of control afros and the petals of magnolia and cherry tree blossoms leaving a beautiful trail of detritus. But this is what the back balcony looks like today:
A nap is sounding much more my speed (the cat has the right idea methinks).
So on days like today one of my favourite things to do is to look through some books, and lately (perhaps ever), my favourite cook book has got to be Deb Perelman’s The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and her blog a close follow up second for all things food inspiration
I often adhoc stuff in the kitchen. Yes folks, I have finally gotten to that enviable place that my mother was at (and who I was in awe of) in the kitchen to know enough about food chemistry and flavours to make ingredients submit to my will and have a dish turn out without the exacting process of following a recipe. Well, baking takes a little more finesse and accuracy, so I follow rules a lot more carefully there (as did my mother) but cooking dishes has become much more of an intuitive process. Which is why I love Deb’s recipes. She will pair things together that are intriguing to the palate and so obviously divine together in retrospect.
Last week’s double chocolate banana bread is still being talked about and lusted after (and will be made again just as soon as the bananas are ripe enough). But seriously… if it’s not on your cookbook shelf, and you aren’t afraid of embracing a variety of ingredients, this one should definitely be part of your repertoire. Tomorrow is Easter and I’m wondering what I should make for the two of us. Double chocolate banana bread for certain, but the rest? I’m not sure yet.
But what I do know is that I am now ready for that nap…
Spring has sprung… apart from tweaking on a friend’s website today, I finally did get out of the house for a walk around the inlet, toting my camera. Click on the image above and you’ll be taken to a photo gallery of the photos I took today. It’s the first time I’ve been down that way and it’s really beautiful. There’s a fish hatchery over there that is currently dormant, so to speak, but I’m sure they will be spawning when the time comes, and it will be quite cool to go check out. The neighbourhood is in bloom too… witness the beautiful white magnolias (smelling faintly sweet, to boot) and the burgeoning leaves on the trees.
I was up this morning at 5:30, mind brewing with artsy ideas. I’ve been working on my Collage ATCs for a swap that’s due next week, and I’ve completed winter and spring… and have summer and fall left. I’ve begun work on summer, and was anxious to get back to it. I had other ideas brewing overnight on another ATC project, which I must get in the mail today.
Collage ATCs – Winter
I was trying to figure out what it is that I like so much about making these little creations. I decided that because they are themed, the creative process is much easier for me to flow into, and so I can get started on the act of creating. Aside from that, they are such small works that I can get them done before I get bored with them. Yes, I have the attention span of a gnat, and as soon as I get bored, fogeddaboudit… it’s going to sit in an unfinished “to do” heap until I finally decide to “recycle” it. It probably has a lot to do with discipline (or lack of)… or perhaps it has to do with an active mind that constantly renews itself and things become old news pretty quickly. Perhaps a touch of adult ADHD?
While I was quite bright-eyed at 5:30, my cup of coffee doesn’t seem to be doing much for me this morning, and I’m sure that within another hour or so, I’ll be ready for a little nap.