“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”

The cold is back, and it is fierce. It is 23˚ right now. The high will be 26˚ and the low will be 16˚. When I went to get the papers, I noticed the cow was tipped (not really tipped but blown by the wind) so I had to put him upright. I also had to get yesterday’s mail, a total waste of catalogs, then I grabbed the papers. I was cold. Sadly, my ever faithful hoodie, wasn’t enough. Today, if I go out, I’ll layer.

Last night I ate more than a few Jelly Belly beans. I was eating a couple of the same colors at a time I could figure out the flavors. I loved it when I found cinnamon, but my favorites were the black jelly beans. I savored them which is a bit odd as I don’t generally like black licorice itself in any other stage of being. I do love anise which has a bit of a black licorice taste. I love the anise Italian cookies with colored sprinkles on top. I always buy a few when I go to Buckies, a coffee spot and bakery. I also love anise bears which are look like a gummy bear in shape, taste like a mild licorice and are covered in sugar. I don’t buy them because I’ll eat all of them almost in a single setting. They are a guilty pleasure.

I don’t like spinach cooked. I only like it in a salad, the one with strawberries. I have eaten spinach at people’s house, but I had to hide my grimace. I’m thinking that’s a risky dish to serve company.

I don’t need a list of foods I don’t like. I know from years of experimenting and avoiding though I will try something brand spanking new. Beans of many varieties have never crossed this thresh-hold. I love cheese but not blue cheese or gorgonzola. Give me a good cheddar, lately an Irish Cheddar. I like fruit but I’m not fond of raspberries, either fresh or in jam. I love fruit salad and salads with fruit. I’m a meat eater, but I don’t like rare meat, a taste passed down by my parents. I’ll eat almost anything barbecued.

So far today, at nearly 2, I have had coffee, a couple of cups. I need to take check out the freezer and choose dinner. I don’t often cook but this blog post has my taste buds salivating.

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10 Comments on ““What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.””

  1. Birgit Says:

    This winter is -surprise- too warm again. Occasionally rain but not enough, no snow at all. Nature is already preparing for spring so I hope this winter is over and we won’t get frost later that will destroys buds and blossoms.
    I love cooked spinach. Beans, cheese and raspberries too. I hardly eat any meat nowadays, maybe once a month when I’m on the road and hungry.
    Enjoy your meal!

    • katry Says:

      It is so cold tonight that even Henry feels cold after only a short time outside. They’l be snow tomorrow but an inch or less. We’ve already had killer frosts so the flower beds are all dead. I bought poinsettias for the house over Christmas to give it more color.

      Well, from your list, we have only cheese in common. I don’t like a variety of foods, and I’m willing to try most anything.

      Have a great day!

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Winter is going to return tomorrow after nearly 4 inches of rain yesterday plus whatever we got today. January is usually our second dryest month after August. Howeve, this January has been warm and wet. Yesterday we hit 81 degrees which was a record.

    I also love Jelly Belly jelly beans, but I don’t buy them because I would devour a quarter of a pound in one sitting. I do enjoy cooked spinach especially creamed with mushrooms. I despise Blue Cheese or its Italian cousin Gorgonzola and will take a pass on spinach salad even with strawberries. Why anyone would like cheese that’s moldy? Ugh!

    At work my colleagues in the UK are continuing to drive me crazy. Obviously, from their stupid decision to go through with Brexit proves that they are not team players. I hope when it happens they suffer economically. It will probably lead to the end of the United Kingdom as the Scotts and Irish will join up with the rest of Europe and leave England to figure out why no one else wants anything from them except mutton. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Tonight is freezing cold. It will be the same tomorrow. The inch of snow will probably freeze. I’m glad I don’t have to be out tomorrow. Warm and cozy will be my mantra.

      Like you, I don’t buy Jelly Belly beans all that often as I’d eat every one of them. I love the different flavors, especially licorice and root beer.

      Ireland had a booming economy for quite a while though it has slowed down considerably. England never used the Euro so they weren’t team players back then either.

  3. olof1 Says:

    Unusually warm here too like where Birgit lives but we have gotten unusually much rain as well. Reports of cherry trees in bloom in news papers. I’m afraid however that winter will arrive late like last year and that destroyed almost all fruit flowers but oddly enough berry flowers survived. It’ll stay around 40F -50F all next week theythink.

    I’m quite opposite to You when it comes to beans, spinage, raspberries and blue cheese of all kinds 🙂 but agree on the meat, no rare meat at all!

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We now have winter cold. Those unseasonably warm days are gone. It is cold, but at some point a few spring flowers poked their heads up so I hope they’re okay.

      I’d eat raspberries if served to me, but nothing else on your list. I eat all sorts of foreign dishes but don’t serve beans to me!!

      Have a great Saturday!

  4. Hedley Says:

    The snows are in, in Detroit, my daughter called and they have 8”….me, I am lollygagging in Naples Florida where it is around 8. Taken a nice walk in shorts and Tshirt, thinking about reading a book and tomorrow it’s Uncle Eric time. Budweiser has a huge Eric promotion for the game so look out for it.

    I keep hoping he makes it to Miami and that he takes The Prince, one step at a time right ?

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      Lallygag all you want. When in the sun, enjoy!

      Wow! Eight inches already. We are only expecting an inch at most here on the cape. As you move toward Boston and up, the more snow. My sister outside of Boston could get six or more inches.

      I am a Patriots fan but not so much a football fan. I’ll watch to see the promotion around Eric. That is so cool for the Prince, his uncle and all.

      It would be wonderful for the Prince and the trip of a lifetime. I hop Uncle Eric invites him.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I love black jelly beans but can’t eat them anymore because licorice spikes blood pressure and mine is high. I do not love anise flavored baked goods. When I make pizzelle, mine are flavored with orange or lemon or Grand Marnier. Something other than anise.
    Spinach was an acquired taste which was only acquired after my father planted a vegetable garden and grew it and only if my mother didn’t cook it. Before that, spinach came from a can and was disgusting. She tried to get us to eat it by saying it was Popeye’s favorite food. We didn’t care. It was gross liquid green sludge. However, a wilted spinach salad with sugar snap peas and crumbled bacon and a hot bacon grease vinaigrette is a thing of culinary joy. Raw spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar is also wonderful.
    It was brutally cold yesterday and brutally cold earlier this morning. When the air hurts my face, I’m happy to remain inside but the dogs are hardier so out we went. I had the arctic level down coat, mittens, hat, hood, neck cowl. Dogs had only fur. They were fine and I was frozen.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m glad for my low blood pressure so I can indulge my black jelly bean obsession. Anise cookies are my favorite. My uncle gave me his recipe. He used anise oil, not extract. That made a difference.

      I’m all for raw spinach. I have made the salad the strawberry salad but not the wilted one you mentioned. Now I want that salad. It sounds delicious.

      When I went out yesterday, I layered for the first time. I was so cold. I put a cover over me when I got home until I felt warm.

      Have a great day!

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