June gloom is how Californian’s see this month – due to the relentless heavy fogs along the coast and sometimes even inland. Surprisingly, we had a few gorgeous days at the start of the month, so we took to the streets, parks, and sandy beach walks soaking it all up. Today, the fog has rolled in as expected, and we are once again indoors, wearing sweaters and socks and all things winter related.
For this very reason, I felt the need to share some beautiful things to help stay focused on positive thoughts…
I am sure this may sound a bit cliché but throughout my life, I have experienced the best Mediterranean cuisine one can possibly imagine From my grandmother, to my mother, aunts and even a cousin who studied at Cordon Bleu in Paris. The meals, although the same staple, were served with a variety of flavors, spices and methods , depending on what part of the region one was from.
What I do now in my own cooking is I combine all of the flavors and styles to create my own variation. I have to say it’s been surprisingly amazing.
So what does my story have to do with Easter Dinner? Well it has lots to do with it. Lamb is the choice for the feast, rack of lamb, shredded or minced into a variety of dishes I will discuss in another post, we served it, along with a side dish or two. Nothing fancy, but very flavorful. I always say the best meals are the simple ones and those prepared at home.
So tell me…what are you preparing for Easter dinner?
Easter being my favorite religious holiday, I tend to honor the rituals of holy week. The week between Palm Sunday and Easter. From cooking our traditional meals, to egg coloring to baking brioche from a very old family recipe which unfortunately I cannot share with anyone outside of family. (You understand :))
But I can share these amazing cake recipes I discovered here for your baking pleasure.
Days and weeks have blended together once again, where I end up asking often what day of the week it is?
I keep saying lots is going on, and it is, which sadly has kept me from posting as often as I want to. But I do try to stay connected, and between the stressful moments in my day, I strive to see the most beautiful of things.
Someone at work over a call, reminded me it was a long weekend here in the states and asked what my plans were. I batted my eyes for a second and sadly sighed knowing my options, like most others, are pretty limited. Pandemic, brutal winter days + caring for mom and an aging dog, I will be spending my weekend working mostly, possibly cooking, and some light cleaning – okay – some very intense house chores.
But that doesn’t mean my mind isn’t elsewhere, somewhere in a resort in Tahoe, or otherwise, spending the three days lounging with tea or hot chocolate in tow, around a chalet of sorts like…
Normally at the start of every year, I dot my travel plans on the calendar, which always includes a trip to Europe. Somewhere new and somewhere I’ve been before combined together to create an itinerary, usually for the fall.
This year, still with all the uncertainties, I have been privately thinking about a trip across the country, in an RV, and exploring some of these recommendations, which apparently are reminders of Europe.
Do you know anywhere else in the US that is a reminder of a country in Europe? I’d love to hear about it.