Is my craving for warm creamy things showing?
As much as I love fall as a season, I have never been a fan of the cold. As I get older, I feel more aware that being cold SUCKS. Maybe it is my joints and the strain they've been put under during countless hours of ballet as a teenager. I always like to tell people that I have "old man knees." And I don't know about you, but when has warm weather made me slip and fall on the icy steps when I am walking to class? Never, that is when. But I'm basically a grandmother in a 22 year old body, so it just goes along with the persona I suppose. In any case, coldness means piling on the thermals and praying that you won't end up a sweaty mess when you head back into the cold again.
It also means tea, but I'm trying to keep up an anti-cold persona.
Can we talk about how much I look forward to tea once fall comes. I am obsessed with this one, because it basically makes me feel like I'm biting into a big biscotti, which then makes me think I am in Italy. And who wouldn't want to think that they are in Santorini with a glass of proseco in one hand and a bowl of pasta (which surprisingly will not make you bloated) in the other? I swear, the Italians have mastered the art of looking fabulous in any situation. My tendency to fail to look graceful in any situation and my high center of gravity which makes me prone to falls should take note.
Ok maybe I am actually an old person.
Be prepared that, as the weather begins to turn, my recipes also begin to transform. I guess that makes sense. Yeah there are the REALLY weird days when I want a smoothie in the middle of a blizzard. But for me, the break in the humidity signals the beginning of giant bowls of warm cuddly things. Doesn't a bowl of something simmering over the stove for hours just feel like a giant hug? No? Well then maybe it's just me. Polenta to me is the apex of this type of meal. This bowl is everything I want to eat. Warm creamy cheesy goodness topped with sweet roasted tomatoes. Polenta is actually really easy to prepare. People get freaked out over the fact that it will be "lumpy." However, if you whisk it in the simmering water and cook it low and slow an, you will end up with a plump little puddle of goodness. The kale is my favorite way to prepare it, as it gets super sweet from the onions and the vinegar. Top it with a poached egg, and you've got yourself comfort in a bowl. And who wouldn't want the chunky sweater of foods this time of year?
Sometimes, we all need a hug of a meal. <3
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.