Snow, wind, warm dog beds, and hot muffins

1 Feb

A happy blizzard evening to you all–at least to us up here in the frozen North

This is a wonderful evening for hot fresh muffins!  I have finished the dishes, moved the dog’s bed so she can be near us, and brought my laptop into the kitchen to make sure I am as close to the muffins as possible.  You have to enjoy things while they last.

There is nothing like a warm kitchen on a chilly windy night.  People have gathered in the kitchen/cooking space for thousands of years.  When we got married, we somehow fit 15 people into our kitchen.  Granted it was much bigger than the one we have now.  Everyone was relaxed and happy.  We were all in each others’ way and the sound of chatter was almost overwhelming.  Nobody cared.  There is nothing like 15 noisy people in a hot kitchen.  🙂

A few nights ago, we had one of the best meals of my life (it was lemon caper chicken served with potato and kale cakes with roulle).  For once I’m actually ahead of the chef, so the recipe is coming.  I’m still recovering. I give that one 5 licks.  I would have given it a paw, but there was too much sauce.   I hated to finish that meal.  It was hard to wash those dishes.

We’ve had several meals and a chance to compare tastes, colors, textures, and clean-up effort.   This is giving us the chance to talk about what we like best and our difference tastes.  I like the bolder flavors.  Chef likes his food mellow and smooth.

It’s off to more muffins.  They are maple oat banana.  I think I could eat 20.  Maybe I will since  I probably need to fatten up to protect myself in the blizzard.  I’m sure in a minute I can come up with a zillion more excuses.



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