Happiness

I’ll upload pictures someday and then go back and edit these entries,
but I wanted to make sure that I got the stories out at least.

I need to read more cooking magazines. I’m running out of superlatives
for describing what I’ve been eating these days. Today’s vocabulary
challenge was posed by dinner: a strawberry spinach salad tossed with
a raspberry vinaigrette, sprinkled with almond slivers. The tartness
of the raspberry vinaigrette contrasted with sweet strawberries and
nutty almonds. Feta cheese might have added an interesting saltiness
to it, but we didn’t have any handy, so we added grated Parmesan
cheese instead. And all because strawberries were on sale today at No
Frills, $3.49 for 2 pounds.

Just thinking about it makes my toes curl.

For brunch earlier, we had buttermilk pancakes: stacks of six airy
buttermilk pancakes with a slightly crisp face, heaped with strawberry
chunks, drizzled with pure maple syrup, and—the final
flourish—dusted with confectioner’s sugar in the fancy-shmancy way
that restaurants justify high prices.

It actually doesn’t take a lot of money to live the life of the rich.
In terms of eating things in season, I think we’re totally there.
Sure, there are little things that we can add over time as our
circumstances improve. A griddle would be nice, for example. But it’s
hard to imagine a better life than this, with plenty of time to
leisurely cook and cheerfully linger over one of life’s basic pleasures.

Random Emacs symbol: mode-line-next-buffer – Command: Like `next-buffer’, but temporarily select EVENT’s window.

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