“… food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection.”

No sun today and a fairly strong breeze, but the day is warm for November, in the high 50’s, and will be the same all week. One day may even reach 60˚. I’m thinking the deck with my face to the sun.

My back is screaming loudly from my over-doing. I am not a slow learner but just figure I can do what I always used to do. I can’t. Yesterday I hauled out the heavy litter. It is biodegradable pine litter which turns into sawdust when wet, and the bag was heavy. I carried it downstairs, outside to the car and then lifted it into the trunk. I also went shopping for my dinner ingredients and toted three heavy bags of groceries into the house. I left the stout in the car and thought I was being cautious. I wasn’t. I spent the whole middle of the day and the afternoon getting dinner ready. All of the dishes were ready to cook, and because I just had to put two of them into the oven and reheat the carrots, I got to spend the evening sitting with my friends rather than in the kitchen. I thought getting everything ready was a great idea. I was wrong. I never thought about all that standing while I worked.

Dinner was perfectly planned from appetizers to dessert. I, however, didn’t plan for my back, but luckily for me my friends did the clean-up. I just sat and gave directions. It sort of made me feel like the lady of the manor.

I slept little last night between Gracie’s snoring and my back aching. I didn’t even go upstairs until 2 AM. I most decidedly see a nap in my future.

I have wonderful leftovers for dinner tonight.

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13 Comments on ““… food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We never learn. Especially when we are enjoying ourselves too much to notice that we are overdoing it. 🙂 Hope your back eases up quickly.
    I’m going to try a new recipe today; cavatappi with browned brussel sprouts and buttered bread crumbs. The ingredients sounded good together. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
    Its warm and sunny with high, hazy clouds here. It’s a lovely November day. If I hadn’t overdone myself yesterday, I would be outside overdoing myself today. 🙂
    Enjoy the nap and the rest of the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You are so right: I didn’t learn from doing the same thing before this.

      No Brussel sprout fan here though you’re right about the combo sounding good. I sometimes like to add whatever I find in the fridge to a pasta dish.

      We never did get the sun but it stayed warm until now. The heat was only on 65˚ today, but that’s not enough now. I was napping and missed the drop in temperature until I woke up and patted Miss Gracie. Her ears were cold.

      The nap was great. I hope you evening is as nice as my nap was.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Get well soon and have a relaxing nap!
    I also hadn’t much sleep last night. The concert at 9:30 pm, 14/15th-century Serbian-Byzantine vocal church music, was so relaxing that I continued computer work afterwards until sunrise.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit.

      The nap was wonderful. Gracie joined me and we both got cozy.

      That happens to me too. For some reason I get stoked from the evening and just don’t get tired. Last week it was 5 before I got to bed one night so I totally get you and sunrise.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad the dinner was a success but too bad about Your back!

    I have woken up almost every night this week so I was tired already at 7 pm today, but I refuse to go to bed before 9 tonight 🙂

    Have a great day and rest Your back.

    Christer.

    • Hedley Says:

      Christer – In Detroit, I am following the adventures of Sweden in their first leg against Portugal and keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Christer

      I’m still not happy about my back, but the nap helped. It was such a rocky night last night I know what you mean about waking up tired.

      I go to bed when I’m tired but it isn’t usually earlier than 9.

      Have a great evening.

  4. Bob Says:

    In my mind’s eye I am still 25 years old. Unfortunately, many of my bones and joints don’t agree with my mind. My flexibility has become stiffer and I sometimes find that I have muscles that I didn’t know existed. The mind’s willing but the body doesn’t want to play along. Nothing is as painful as back pain. I hope you are feeling better.

    Left overs are sometimes better than the original meal. The various ingredient flavors have had an opportunity to mingle in the fridge and surprise our taste buds the next night.

    Mostly sunny today with a high in the upper sixties and by Sunday we should be back in the 80s. In February we will all be wishing for these days while we are shoveling snow. You a lot more than I 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      That’s how I see myself as well. The inside is the same but who’s that old lady in the mirror? I too have aches and pains, and I get tired too quickly now.

      Some dishes I make the day before I’m going to serve them as they taste better when all the ingredients spend some time together.

      We don’t even have that many summer days in the 80’s which I am thankful for. True about the snow!

      Thank you-my back is much better than it was this morning. I relaxed today and expect I’m going early to bed.

  5. Beto Says:

    My son was Married on the 6th and I made all the food for the reception. The real Pièce de résistance was a Green Chile Chicken for soft tacos. It is three reductions layered together and was taught to me by a Tex-Mex Legend, Matt Martinez. It takes eight hours to make and I was feeding 40+ people. I need a new range it appears I’ve killed my current installation.
    There were no leftovers.
    I am still recovering from two days on my feet with one hour of sleep.

    • katry Says:

      Beto,
      I am most impressed as I know what a feat that is as my friend made all the food for her own weddings’ reception. It is also such a loving thing to do for your son. No leftovers is like getting a medal.

      Get yourself a great new stove. I always do that when some appliance dies-I upgrade. When my TV finally died I got one of the first HD sets in the neighborhood. I remember how astonished my friends were. Now the world, so to speak, has HD sets. My DVD player takes up space so I’ll get a new one-all region this time. I’m hoping my stove will go so I can get a stainless steel one to match my 4 year old fridge, bought when my last one finally breathed its last.

      Have restful day and put your feet up.


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