Whenever I want to re~set, re~create myself,
I often take to the kitchen.
I am also a gardener, along with my beloved Green Man.
We call our place “The Shire”.
An Hobbit homage to big bare feet, pipe weed, and enjoying the simple life.
(the pipe weed is a reference to tobacco)
(my Green Man enjoys a cigar now and then)
We have a wild and wooly acre +.
With pear, apple, peach, almond, and walnut trees.
Ornamental trees too: box elder, incense cedars, pines, junipers, horse chestnut, oaks, sycamore, and vintage lilacs.
And the vegetable garden, now scaled back for two.
Flaming red and green grapes.
Ambrosia and Watermelons.
A smattering of leafy greens.
Sunflowers for beauty.
( but mostly to feed the birds)
You get the picture?
Tomatoes, always tomatoes: Brandywines.
Perennial herbs of dill, sage, oregano, tarragon, thyme, chives.
Peppers, squashes (winter and summer), and eggplant.
Have you ever seen an eggplant blossom?
The plant and blossom alone are reason enough to grow it.
Now, back to the kitchen.
The first of summer’s garden bounty inspired a ratatouille.
I simply could not resist the glossy solid beauty of the Aubergine.
(I just like using the word Aubergine!)
First thing this morning I was in the kitchen.
With my vegetables.
Asked the Green Man to fetch the squash and the herb bouquet.
The swirl of good olive oil and the onion sauté filled the house with such a perfume.
Add the peppers, garlic (lots), zucchini, eggplant, oregano, basil, bay leaf, and tomatoes.
Our home was transformed into a Mediterranean kitchen.
The vegetables were singing!
This, for me, is the creative process.
I begin with one element.
This one element leads to another, and before you know it, I am creating something!
(kind of like this blog)
Now, who will help me do the dishes?
Vox Anima, SDM
All other art credit is in the public domain