The last few weeks feel like I was sucked into a holiday vortex. And now, it’s quite wonderful to feel that things will be more peaceful, which I’m totally looking forward to. I haven’t set an intentions for the new year, although I’d like to when the dust settles. I did resolve to make E an apple pie every New Year’s and he was all for it.Although, of course, head of the list is having the healthiest year of my life.
Which leads me to food, of course. Angela of Angela’s Kitchen is our happy hostess, and I must say, I’m delighted to see her posting again! Her ingredient is pomegranate, which is one I love dearly. The wrinkle is that the stores near me haven’t had them lately (or I haven’t see them, either/or). And though I do make chocolate covered pom seeds, my favorite is to have them plain. I do tend to make a ridiculous mess, as my husband can attest. I hope I can find some soon, because I’d love to have some this week!
So…I’d like to make more interesting foods this year. I do like spicy foods, and enjoy a variety of spices, but I’ve gotten boring, and hopefully I can shake things up a little.
Herbed spinach blend salad (cilantro that I’m growing indoors) with salmon and avocado
Gumbo. (AKA one of the most glorious things imaginable)
um…probably more gumbo? seriously, if you’ve got a pot full, might as well enjoy!
Fun baked stuff:
Cornbread, because you can’t really have gumbo without it. Or at least my husband can’t.
hazelnut cookies of some kind…I need to play.
Hi Cheryl – I read your blog but don’t come to post comments often enough, so wanted to stop by today – especially because like you I noticed pomegranates are not in stores in the Washington, DC area as much as I remember them being. Last time I was at WF on P street, though, I noticed that while there were no whole pomegranates on sale in the produce department, there were packaged pomegranate seeds/arils alongside the cut-up fruit/pineapple/prepared guacamole. So maybe that’s where the pomegranates are being funneled to?
This recipe might interest you: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/12/blanched-kale-salad-with-pomegranate.html
Happy New Year. Here’s to shaking things up!
Thanks, Wendy. And I found some pomegranates this AM!
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Just added you to the Swap. You found some pomegranates! Woo-hoo! I’m with you, let’s shake it up. It is so easy to get into a rut… Maybe I could actually crack open some of those cookbooks I have this year, hmmm?
I am making your sniffle stew this weekend. It sounds perfect for a lazy weekend at home. Thank you for sharing it!
Hmm, a pom conspiracy to hide the seeds, eh? I did end up finding two, beautiful ginormous ones this morning, so all is well. The often have ones in a local Latino store but those are quite small.
And thanks for the recipe! Generally I have kale this time of year, but the hard frost has done a number on my plants.
Neat, let me know how it goes!