I’m having an amazing food week.
When I’m cooking on a regular basis, most weeks are pretty fantastic food-wise. This is not to say that I’m the most incredible cook – though I certainly hold my own in the kitchen. Rather, it’s about the fact that when I cook for myself, I tend to select the foods that bring me the greatest joy or fondest memories, and this week has held a lot of good food memories and rich tastes.
The first, of course, is strawberry season. I said it last year and I’ll say it again: I love everything about them. I love those sweet little red gems. I don’t care that they’re $8/quart at the farmer’s market right now; I will pay it. I can’t walk by a stand, smell the scent of fresh strawberries, and not purchase them. I ate an entire pint on Friday and bought more on Saturday. I’m certain that strawberries are one of nature’s most perfect foods when purchased locally and in season. Tomatoes are up there as well.
When I was growing up, we often had pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. I don’t usually get pancake cravings these days, though since I stopped eating gluten in January, I’ve been craving carbs a lot more. This was the first successful batch of pancakes I’ve ever made – for some reason, pancake batter and I don’t usually get along – and it was nice to feel a Sunday tradition again. Paired with local bacon and topped with apple vanilla bean preserves that the lovely Autumn gave me, this was utterly delicious. Plus, I made enough for leftovers…
This is how you start the week right.
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What foods bring you the most joy?