I’m thinking of roasting some beets today.
Nothing fancy. Just some roasted root vegetables in some olive oil and kosher salt. Perhaps I’ll also do some parsnips and onions and fennel bulbs and sweet potatoes in a separate pan. A good cool weather dish.
I miss cooking. I haven’t cooked much lately, for a lot of reasons. A food blogger that doesn’t cook? Almost heretical. But I can cook. I promise. Don’t believe me?
Here’s a dish I made a while back. Pork cutlets with blue cheese on a wilted spinach salad with apples. Want the recipe? Here you go. I mostly made it up, but it was damn good.
Here’s another one for you: lamb chops over Swiss chard in a rosemary-balsamic reduction. I made this one up, too, but didn’t even bother writing down the recipe. Then again, I’m sure it’s not that hard to recreate.
I bake, too. Much better than I cook. I used to make fresh scones in the morning, every weekend.
We would have delicious breakfasts with things like fried green tomatoes, eggs, thick strips of bacon and — of course — scones.
All of that probably sounded fairly unhealthy. The truth is that most things I used to cook were extremely healthy, like the roasted asparagus and spaghetti squash with homemade marinara sauce. I love cooking vegetables. I love roasting them, particularly. I love the intensified flavors and — with certain vegetables — the caramelization process that lends a subtle sweetness to their earthiness.
Trust me when I say that my marinara sauce is awesome. It’s also awesomely good for you, and my boss requests jars from me because it’s one of the only ways her little boys will eat vegetables (the sauce is chock full of carrots, celery, onions and — obviously — tomatoes). She pours the sauce onto broccoli and they go nuts for it.
And it’s getting to be that time of year again — vegetable soup and beer-cheese bread time. There’s nothing better on a cold day than coming home to a homemade vegetable soup that’s been gently simmering all afternoon. Add in the fresh, yeasty smell of the beer bread and you’ve got yourself a fairly good imitation of heaven.
Yes, it’s time. It’s that time of year again. And it’s time to get back to the things I love, no matter what may stand in my way.