“… 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.”

Last night my friends and I sat around the table enjoying each other’s company. We also shared a wonderful dinner, my St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage, a day late maybe but still a tasty dinner to celebrate the occasion. Last night was also bitterly cold. Today is sunny and warmer, but it is in no way warm enough to welcome spring.

The paper today said this winter and the first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally, with a chilly east coast sticking out like a cold thumb in a toastier world. Yup, that would be me.

This morning I could go back in time. On TV I had my choice of Daniel Boone, Dragnet, McHale’s Navy or Quincy. All I was missing was a bowl of cereal, my Rice Krispies, a seat on the floor in front of the TV, and my mother telling me to move away from the screen or I’d go blind.

Yesterday the window on my back door got steamy while dinner was cooking. I was reminded of the kitchen in the duplex where we lived until my sister was born. The kitchen was small, almost a galley kitchen. At one end of it was a window and the table and chairs were in front of the window. Every night my mother cooked supper and every night that window got steamy. I’d sit at the table and use my sleeve to clear the window so I could look outside. I’d watch my mother cook. She’d stand over the stove stirring whatever was in the pots and would sometimes open the oven to check on the meat. I know potatoes were in one of those pots. We always had potatoes.

Today is an empty dance card. I’m glad as I’m tired from the last couple of days of kitchen duty, of setting the table, peeling veggies and cleaning up after dinner. All that’s left for today is to empty the dishwasher and take a nap.

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10 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. Coleen Says:

    Ok…I’ll go first (I think),

    My dance card has been jammed for days…after taking my car in for a scheduled servicing, all that is left today is dinner with friends tonight…sweet!

    We are going to apparently get snow (2 inches?) tomorrow. I guess winter is not done yet. It teased us for the past week with temps in the 40’s and once in the low 50’s. Glad I did not put away my cold-weather gear yet.

    I have a schedule that is usually very heavy…I treasure the days that are light!

    I am watching my Mets in a spring training game right now…summer is around the corner, dear friend… 🙂

    Waving (but not from a snowdrift),


    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      It took a brave person to go first!

      We still have snow drifts. My friends who live in Chatham came to dinner last night and could not believe the height of the corner piles and how narrow the roads are because of the snow. Yup, we’re expecting snow again, a couple of inches.

      Today is the only free day so far this week, and I’m booked tomorrow but Saturday looks clear. Today is freezing and tonight will be the same.

      I’ve watched a couple of Sox games. Right now they are trying to shovel out the seats and bleachers but a shovelful at a time will take a long while. The field has a special tarp that attracts the sun. Real grass takes much longer for the snow to disappear than artificial turf.

      Waving from a snowdrift!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Over here it’s easy to understand that this is the warmest two months 🙂 But it will change from tomorrow to cold, rainy, snowy and bad. It’ll change already at the beginning of next week again though so I guess I’ll have to tolerate it 🙂

    We had a kitchen much like You had and it worked since most of the family ate at different times. Only at some dinners on the weekend were all at home and then the kitchen was crouded 🙂

    I won’t so much this weekend since the weather will be so bad, I’ll just stay close to my stove I think 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We’re in the middle of a freeze and snow is coming. Spring? I forget what spring is all about and it arrives tomorrow.

      Our kitchen was crowded, and we had to pull the table out so we could all sit down.

      Tomorrow I’m busy but not this weekend. I’m fine with that-I have some books.

      Stay warm and have a good evening!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    My kitchen window only steamed up on winter holidays when a ton of cooking got done. The kitchen was biggish by 50’s standards. There was only one window but all the downstairs rooms or halls came off it. There was a lot of air flow to move that cooking heat around the house. My unheated bedroom was over the kitchen. Thanksgiving and Christmas were great because my mother cooked the turkey all night. Those were the only winter days my bedroom floor was warm in the morning. 🙂

    Yesterday and today were dog-related appointments. Rocky went to the vet Wednesday. The vet discovered a broken tooth which we are leaving in place for the moment as it isn’t bothering him. If it has to come out and be replaced with a gold tooth, I shall have to change his name to Cyril Lordie, Dog of Distinction. 🙂

    It’s sunny with a wicked cold wind chill factor up here today. Snow is in the forecast.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think mine steamed because the dinner cooked so long. It was worth the wait as it was delicious. The meat was perfection. The house smelled delicious as dinner was cooking.

      Today was empty the dishwasher, change the bed and take my shower day. Nothing was strenuous. Tomorrow I have to get dog food, go to PT and have my hair cut. I’d go to the dump but I’m waiting until Saturday in the snow-it will be empty then.

      It is the same wicked cold down here. Last night was like I imagine the Arctic .

      Stay warm!

  4. flyboybob Says:

    Tomorrow is the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the first day of Spring. Are you going to the beach at sunrise to welcome the new season? How many more days of winter is the northeast United States going to have to suffer? Will the Easter parade include fur hats with ear muffs and woolen gloves?

    The climate change deniers bring snow balls into the halls of government to emphasize the cold weather rather than the rising global temperatures. Global warming equates to weird weather. Cold and wet in the northeast and hot and dry on the west coast.

    Today the rain and the sky cleared and it warmed up to 80 degrees. In August I will be wishing for March 29th temperatures.

    • katry Says:

      Yes, we will make our annual trek to the beach. My friends are picking me up at 6:15 and sunrise is at 6:44. It will be freezing, the same as last year. We sat in the car until the sunset was close then ran out for pictures. Snow is coming tomorrow night or Saturday but only a couple of inches. That doesn’t even count.

      The mistake was to call it global warming. Maybe it should have been called a climatic upheaval then that idiot wouldn’t have thrown the snowball though he’d probably have to look up the word climatic.

      Last night was freezing as was this morning. Warm weather will show up in its own good time.

      • flyboybob Says:

        Thirty years ago I flew a one day trip from Dallas to Denver and return on the same day on Good Friday. The forecast was for a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the Denver area. I checked the weather while passing Amarillo and the forecast was the same. When I got to Kiowa to begin my descent into Centenial airport The Denver Center controller asked me if I had the latest Denver weather. It was low ceilings and low visibility in blowing snow. I couldn’t hold at 31,000 ft for two hours to go to my alternate, Stapleton airport, therefore I diverted to Colorado Springs. When I landed the runway and taxiways were slick with slush and snow. We spent the night in Colorodo Springs. I didn’t bring a coat or a sweater because it was 70 degrees in Dallas. My passengers rented a car and drove to Denver. The next morning we flew up to Denver and picked up the passengers to return to Dallas.

        This time of the year very unpredictable weather can be the norm 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Colorado in particular is unpredictable. My sister lives in Littleton. She had three or four days in the 70’s then such a major snowstorm that schools were closed which seldom happens in Colorado. She’s had another warming spell then the next night was 8˚. They usually have their first snowfall in October but spring comes early so it evens out.

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