My vacation time is coming very soon and I am counting the days and hoping the weather will be warmer and less springlike. It's sunny and cold here today. The wind is very gusty and I had to fight my scooter the whole way home because of it and the cagers were tailgating on the blue bridge. My count down is on for those lazy summer mornings and getting up whenever we wake up, the alarm goes in the drawer for the entire month of August.
August is also when my inner foodie comes out to play. During the rest of the year I make meals just in an effort of just trying to get something on the table. When I get home most nights it feels like the grind has ground me under and we are all tired from the stresses of the day from work and school. No one wants to help me be creative in the food department. I call myself a miracle chef - it truly is a miracle that we eat. Dinners get very boring and pretty much the same old rut type cooking. During the beginning of the school year I make promises to myself that I will pull out my cookbooks and try to do better, only to find that we are in the spaghetti on Wednesdays rut again and it gets worse in the winter. Its funny because to me that is not what food should be about it should be savoured, enjoyed and nurtured to its full potential. We say so many things through cooking, I can certainly see why great chefs feel passion and a love affair with their craft. I just wish it came naturally and easily to me, it doesn't have to always be grand recipes, just good well prepared enjoyable food.
August comes with rejuvunination and my love of cooking. I love spending afternoons looking through cookbooks and finding interesting recipes and trying them out, I wish everyday could be a day in August! I take my time, shop for the ingredients and spend time creating dishes and not just slamming them out. I think a large part of the process is that I am not rushed or feeling pressure and there are fresh ingredients galore to choose from. As I am writing this I am sitting here being lulled by the tick tick of the timer of the rice cooker and enjoying the aroma of chicken cooking. We are going to have curried chicken & veggies tonight. Currie is a new foray into the culinary world for me right now.
August is also the month of the peach in our house. I look forward to every summer and for me it is fresh peach pie with homemade pastry. I probably make 2 or 3 peach pies a week and we eat them for desert and for breakfast sometimes. I also make a wicked 'fruit salad' pie which is an assortment of berries and apples. My husband and daughter are always asking if peach pie time is coming closer? My neighbours know when it is peach pie time too, my husband brags over the fence and they usually end up with a pie or two because I can't torture friends. Last year my hub went out and bought me a great rolling pin and I have been one with the pin in my pie making zen ever since.
This year may be a little difficult for pie making though because we are contemplating kitchen renos which will put my oven out of commission for awhile. I saw a nifty little camping oven at Cosco which I am thinking of getting. We shall see.
I have a question for those who read or stumble across my bloggio where do you get your kitchen inspiration from? What recipes make your inner foodie sing? Can you recommend any great cookbooks? I would love it if you shared your fave recipes with me and so would my family, because we are pretty tired of the same old food.
Did I mention that I love to cook with wine and butter? Oh yeah baby that is how I roll!