Someone’s in The Kitchen With Patricia
My usual Sunday routine is cooking all day. I make all the casseroles, soups, cook all the meats and now without children at home I make the bread too. I have food on my mind on Sunday’s so if I save my Monday post until Sunday – well there is no stopping the flow of food writing and thinking!
Today we awoke to more snow, heavy winds, and then heavy rain. I had several things I needed at the store to make the planned menu for the week and it just did not feel like a venture forth day. We are only a few days away from spring and although the winds and rain feel correct the snow just seems too much.
We decided to change the menu and build it around what we had available at home with no extras.
Let’s see: 1 butternut squash, one container of tomato sauce, and 2 quarts of potassium stock. Still about ½ of one freezer full of applesauce. There are still quite a few pounds of Gluten Free flour and 2 eggs.
My honey found a box of GF lasagna noodles – here was a start point.
Now everyone in my family thinks I make the driest – worst lasagna they have ever tasted, and I insist on adding broccoli to it; never a charming concept here. So Honey started looking about for cheese and tomatoes, and dried onion and he decided to make the Lasagna from my daughter’s recipe.
I thought I would take charge of the butternut squash and while peeling the skin and removing the seeds, I remembered a squash and cashew ravioli we had one time. Yep there were cashews and celery for some crunch and one more onion with a bad spot. Here was the find of the day – 36 tortillas! Butternut Squash enchiladas became my task. Wow did the filling smell good while I was making it.
We were on a roll now and really cooking up a stormy day! Oh the smells were good and inviting as the sun, wind, rain, and snow passed by out our window.
We tossed a salad with our end of the weeks leftovers, the kiddos all called during the day and we talked on speaker phone and caught up on news and plans. A lovely grapefruit for dessert passed muster.
You know what the best part of the day was? Well, I am going to tell you…..having someone in the kitchen to tease, talk and laugh with (plus he picked up everything I dropped on the floor!)
It was a communion – and oh did it taste good.
Tell me about those moments that come together in just the right magic for you; I do wish to know and look forward to what you share. What do you like to do on a snowy, housebound day?