My Kitchen in May: A Serene and Peaceful Retreat
|On my refrigerator.
|Chopping vegetables: actually a relaxing thing to do.
|Eating outside on the new backyard table.
|Salmon filets topped with lemon, herbs, and bell pepper; a big vegetable salad; a bottle of wine.
We enjoy cooking in the kitchen and eating in the dining room.
|Sometimes we eat meat. This is Australian lamb that Len cooked on the grill outside.
|Curried vegetables with the very small amount of leftover lamb.
At least as far as I know, the Australian workers are not mistreated,
as are American meat workers. So we eat lamb occasionally.
|In My Kitchen, May 30, 2022.
The World Is Not a Serene and Peaceful Place.
|Flag at half-mast.
“These are the most difficult mornings: the sun rising after senseless acts of violence, shining on beds that weren’t slept in, that won’t be slept in again.
“There are 19 dead schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas, as of this writing, along with two dead adults and the dead 18-year-old gunman. Several other children were injured, … including a 10-year-old in critical condition. The gunman also shot a 66-year-old woman whom authorities said was his grandmother. She, too, is in critical condition. …
“And I’m here to tell you what to cook right now?
“Food plays a central role in our reaction to tragedy, to death and grieving. It’s why casseroles appear on the doorsteps and countertops of those experiencing it, why we feel the urge to roast chickens or assemble lasagnas when the news is grim. Food is comfort of a sort, and fuel as well, for anger and sorrow alike. We cook to provide for those we love and for ourselves. In the activity itself we strive to find relief, strength, resolve.” (Source: promotional email from NYT cooking)
|A peaceful scene viewed from our kayak — first trip of the season.
We do appreciate how peaceful are our lives.