Today’s post is one that, once again, should’ve been posted last week but wasn’t because I flaked it. I’m hoping that there are still some ramps available but if not, we can use spring onions or scallions.
I realise every time I miss a week on the blog that I need to get organised. I need to get ahead on my posts, I need to photograph, write and schedule way before the night before it’s due to post. I can’t seem to make that happen.
You must think that I’m some totally disorganised person with her mind, home and kitchen in total disarray. Believe it or not, I’m pretty good at organising. If I wasn’t, I couldn’t possibly shop and prep for 3 jobs back to back and pull of each one with any kind of success. If I wasn’t organised, I would turn up at the wrong event, at the wrong day and time with the wrong food!
I have always been super organised. Years of studying and trying to keep formulas straight in my head and tests, classes and labs; I had to know what I was doing. Jotting down lots of check lists and notes helped me unclog my mind and keep things clear and in focus. Even today, if I feel overwhelmed, I write it down.
Sometimes I feel that as long as I’ve been conscious, my mind has worked in overdrive. There is no down time, no relaxation, no calming of the mind; it is in constant flux ALL THE TIME. I get exhausted.
When the kids were little and we were invited to parties or dinners, I had to have a mental checklist of getting them ready, getting them in the car and driving and arriving right on time. I remember how my family was always terribly impressed that even with 4 little kids, I managed to arrive at every function right on time (they were always hours late)
These days, I have checklists for everything, from events at work, to Thanksgiving, Ramadan, and dinner parties I hold at home. Without my calendars (3 of them), my notebooks, iPads, and computer, I would be a total mess. You would think that with all these resources available to me, I should be able to publish a post on time!
I love my blog and I love to write and also to read other blogs. I love experimenting with food, writing about it, spending time on photography and having discussions with my blogger friends. I think the disconnect lately has been that since my job revolves around food, I’m just exhausted to deal with more food for my blog. I think for many bloggers, food is an escape and they enjoy cooking as a form of relaxation. I still love to cook and love my job, but when you’ve been prepping and cooking for 2 days, the last thing you want to do is cook again just for fun! I still do it though because cooking for fun is still completely different than cooking as a job. It’s just a little tiring on the body and mind sometimes.
Spring has finally arrived in Colorado. When we see local asparagus, sweet spring spinach and colorful globes of radishes, we know spring is here. I think we’re finally done with our snow as well. We had snow storms just a couple of weeks ago but I think we’ve finally settled on rain.
It’s a gloomy, rainy day today as I look out my window typing this. Call me weird, but I love these kinds of days even though they do a number on my joints and I usually feel pretty awful.
Gloomy, rainy days invite steaming cups of tea, your favourite warm, fluffy throw, a dusty, dog eared book and a comfy chair close to the window where you can hear the raindrops against the window pane.
The sky maybe grey and there’s not a peek of blue anywhere in sight but if you look closely, you can see the colour; the vibrant green of the lush grass, the yellow of the daffodils, the purple of the grape hyacinths, the rainbow colors of the tulips and the bobbing, green heads of the pom pom hydrangea. Through the grey, I can see these colors and they are uplifting even when it’s cold and wet.
I can hear the rain fall on the young, fluttering aspen leaves; I can see the cherry blossoms surrender to it as they float down to the carpet they’ve created under the tree, and I can smell the floral aromas that are shaken alive by the falling water and the earthiness of the ground as the water carves its way through; every sense is alive and aware.
My favourite seasons have always been fall and winter but springtime really is a wonderful season because after months of brown grass and no leaves on trees, its nice to have the rain and all the green that comes with it.
It’s also wonderful to have something fresh and green to eat after a winter of heavy stews and potatoes! I have been enjoying the newly sprung life outside and inside at my local shop and farm. I’ve been grilling already since our porch keeps our grill nicely covered and easily accessible for cooking all year round. Grilled meats and fresh salads are what’s on the menu these days when I’m home and actually feel like cooking!
This is one of those beautiful, spring salads that showcase all that spring has to offer with a little winter citrus thrown in for good measure. I served this with a poached egg for myself and grilled salmon for the rest of the family. It’s a perfect accompaniment for any meat but a meatless version with the poached eggs is pretty delicious.