I’m not kidding that I find it incredibly difficult to think of and develop topics now that I’m on a two post a week schedule. I’d love to go back to five days a week, but right now is not the time. I’ll learn to make-do with this and come up with something. It is a fun challenge.
I recently posed a frantic question by email to some friends “what should I write about on Tuesdays”. One of the offerings was comfort food, a topic which I’ll expand upon below.
My first question of the day to you: What should I write about on Tuesdays?
Let’s return to that great idea comfort food; I define it as a dish that is filling, soul warming, often gooey, and not necessarily good for you.
It is summer. While I love comfort foods, most of my favourites are foods that either further heat up me or the kitchen, not something I’d like to do when the digital mercury passes 90.
Twisting it, let’s talk about summer comfort foods.
Mine aren’t anything elaborate and most are actually things that don’t require application of heat.
Carrots, berries, and watermelon all top my list with grilled corn closing in just behind. I didn’t say that all were heat-free. ;)
Oh and of course there is vanilla ice cream. How could I almost neglect that?
Question two of the week: What are your favourite summer comfort foods?
The super highly observant among you will notice there is one type of food missing from this list (excluding allowing the ice cream to melt). Yup! That’s it, something to keep me hydrated. This is something I’ve struggled with since forever. In general don’t like plain water, many other drinks turn me into Goldilocks. They’re either too sweet or too tasteless. One day I’ll find the one that is really just right.
Speaking of dehydration, I’m beginning to look into ways to preserve all the herbs I’m growing on the deck. I’m looking at two different dehydrators and my main impression is that they seem super big and bulky. Are they worth it? I’ve done close to zero real research on what I’m looking for, other than not to have the oven on when it’s hot outside, so I don’t know. It would be a shame to see my beautiful herbs go to waste. Yes, I could freeze all of it, but I’d like to give gifts of dried herbs come gift giving season.
My third and final set of questions for this post: How do you preserve herbs? Do you ever dry any fruit? Do you own a dehydrator and if you do what do you like and not like about it? Is Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook a definite addition to my bookshelf? Should I acquire it now?
Yes, I am recycling photos. I have some more I’ve taken but I haven’t processed them yet.