The real me is the woman in this window, manual typewriter in front of her but holding a pencil posed over paper. Deer nibble at shrubbery on snow-covered lawn, fodder both for her writing and for her life.
Or are they the same thing?
[Picture by illustrator Adrianne Blair in Faith Baldwin's Face Toward the Spring.]
Friday, June 19, 2015
It's not that I don't try to eat healthier.
I've been trying to eat more fresh vegetables and lean meats.
I do best when I start preparing supper early in the day.
I turn on HGTV and start chopping.
Is there anyone other than R.H. and me who likes sardines?
They are as good for you as wild caught salmon, and cheaper.
I put them in pasta salad for protein.
I watch television and chop away,
keeping an eye on Katie Belle right outside.
What is she up to?
It's the continuing game of Catch Me If You Can.
Guess who always wins?
The show outside is even better that HGTV. Back to my salad.
Adding fresh herbs now is only a matter of going to the front porch.
And pasta sardine salad is ready for supper.
I'm going to try red lentil rotini the next time I make this
as so many of you are having success cutting out wheat.
I don't think I'm willing to give up homemade bread yet,
but I could pass up grocery store bread.
I made Mireille Guiliano's recipe for Chicken au Champagne one night,
from her French Women Don't Get Fat book.
It was amazing with mushrooms and rice!
Even if my champagne wasn't French.
Having to fix supper at the last minute causes me the most problems.
I start some chicken breasts in the oven.
Then I wash my favorite frisee--
most people just put sprigs of this in a salad,
but I love it so much I use it for the whole salad when I find it.
I serve the chicken breasts on the greens with a vinaigrette
and the chicken drippings.
Healthy so far, right?
But then what do I put on the table?
A baguette and Irish butter.
And a big baked potato and sour cream.
Could I have given up the baguette? Absolutely.
The baked potato?
I don't know but maybe a smaller one next time.
Some last minute healthy suppers are a cinch.
Anytime I can buy wild-caught Copper River salmon and fresh spinach,
I have no problem fixing a quick and healthy supper.
It's just those frequent nights when I have no idea what to cook,
and R.H. suggests chili dogs,
that we end up eating junk food.
And no, I didn't take a picture of that meal, or others like it.
Last minute cooking is a problem for me.
Giving up bread and pasta and potatoes is so hard.
And come Friday nights, which when our kids were young was
always pizza and a movie night,
guess what I crave?
It comes from this….
Yes, that's what I really want.
What do you throw together at the last minute for a healthy supper?
When I can plan, shop and begin early,
even I can fix a healthy supper.
But what are some easy last minute, satisfying suppers?
I'm just not an eat a bowl of cereal and go to bed kind of girl.