Monday, January 14, 2013

What would Henry do?

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden

Although I have not taken to the woods* I have lived deep and sucked the marrow from life* this week. Henry himself would surely have approved wholeheartedly of the Vegan Sushi and the Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Edemame Salad. As for Jamie Oliver's Happy Cow Burgers ...
Hubby you nailed it.

The year has begun with the crack of a whip - paperwork, job applications, new courses, sorting, packing, visitors, correspondence, entertaining, gardening and of course all the usual chores that are demanded by a home. A brief reprieve from all the craziness was provided when we attended my Nieces' birthday party. Sweet Aaliyah's 7th birthday party (where has the time gone?). Her creative Mummy made the most delicious Strawberry and Vanilla cupcakes I've ever tasted and of course every Italian affair we attend involves some form of culinary delight - in this case Arancini with Pesto .... be still my eating tastebuds. The highlight for me though was observing my gorgeous son exercise supreme diplomacy whilst little toddlers scrambled all over him to get his attention.

If there's one thing that 67% humidity does it's cleanse. You sweat, you drip and and you shower - not once but three times a day. I have tried to be patient with Summer but I'm afraid I've uttered far too many complaints and far too little thanks. After all, what good can complaining do? Not to mention the fact that I have a pool... so no more complaining Angy. No more. If there is to be cooking it will be oven free. If there is to be reading it will be in front of a fan. If there is to be paperwork it will be done with iced tea and if there is to be walking it will be done at Dusk...

... I'm sure Henry would approve.

Your week peoples? How have you been managing your climate conditions?
How have you kick started your year? Has it been slow and steady or fast and furious?
Have you heard the latest news on the book front??
Sibella and Pia ... new books are on there way!! (Happy crazy silly dance)

What have you been cooking up in the kitchen lately? I'm not exaggerating when I say that the Happy Cow Burgers were the best burgers I've ever had. The great thing is the recipe is adaptable. Hubby didn't have broad beans instead he used edemame and it was perfect. So you can turn this mixture into little balls for an entree or squish it around skewer sticks to make vegan shish kebabs. Enough said.
Just do it.

Have a wonderful week peoples. Light and love. ♥♥♥

*“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.” 
― Henry David ThoreauWalden: Or, Life in the Woods


ellen said...

Living is so dear, is it not? The dearest thing we know and the dearest thing we have. Truly.
I shall send you a little coolness. Here in Western Oregon I have been freezing my a-double-s off. It has been in the twenties at night with frozen water for the chickens, frozen hoses and frozen me. I know this is fairly warm for others way up north, but for here it is a long stretch of cold. Have the Sleepy Time Tea in the cup and getting ready to fill the cheerful red hot water bottle for the bed and the fuzzy jammies.
I wish you the best..the kitchen tonight brought a deep dish quiche. Even tho. it leaked out a bit, it was good. xoxo

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

We really do think that with all that you say and show here you are not so far away from what Henry would do! Despite the heat of your summer, you do seem to have started the new year in a very positive and active kind of a way and that has, so very happily, included some very delicious thing to eat.

All of your pictures are wonderful but, like you, we have so loved the one of your son remaining aloof from those very small, energetic young children.

Diana Studer said...

you might enjoy Jack's blog
from Hanenertsburg up north from me.

Job applications? I'll add you to my reader and then I will hear what happens.

Vintage Jane said...

Lovely photos. I cannot imagine such heat at the moment. This morning I struggled to scrape the ice from my car windscreen in the dark and slipped on the snow!!

In My Wild Eden said...

Such great pictures! the last one of the sky is amazing! It sounds like your year has started of wonderfully. I am afraid we are still in hibernation with the weather still very cold. We don't really come back to life until spring. We are reading, playing games, cuddling in blankets by the fire and drinking warm drinks. I love your quotes by Henry. He always inspires me!

WolvesAtTheDoor said...

What an ABUNDANCE of all great things you have Sister:)