I haven’t stopped cooking, but I did stop writing for a while. Much of what I have been cooking has been repeats of simple meals. I’ve taken pictures of a few new meals, but I haven’t taken the time to write about them. My girls tease me about my food photos.
I’ve gone through a rough period. Between the fibromyalgia flare ups, the depression, and the kids being on summer break, I have found it difficult to write. I’m trying to break that cycle, again. The kids will be heading back to school soon, so I hope a more “normal” routine will help me balance my time better.
I love summer when the garden begins giving fresh produce! I have been using my summer finds as inspiration for some of my cooking, or in today’s case, lack of cooking.
You can’t really see inside the shell, but it was delicious. I used a soft tortilla shell with a little mayo and mustard. I added a slice of Sargento Tomato & Basil Jack cheese, a couple slices of tomato, some cucumber and a package of Starkist Thai Chili Style Tuna Creations. I added leftover tomato with salt and pepper, and some leftover cucumber to finish the meal.
It was a great meal, easy to prepare, and wonderful to the taste. The various flavors in the tuna were amazing, and of course there’s nothing like the taste of fresh, garden tomatoes and cucumbers. I thought it made a very nice flavor combination.
I did not have a garden this year, so I have had to rely on local farmer’s markets. Luckily, I have discovered a “new” market near my home. Some of the prices are a bit higher than I would like, but all of the produce has been good so far. The taste is far superior to what the grocery store carries.
I include my gardening with my cooking because it’s also a form of therapy for me, and it leads to cooking (at least eating). My gardening has always been kept simple – tomatoes. I’ve tried a few other veggies, but I’ve never had success with them. One year I tried carrots and beans, but there was a car accident where a car landed in my garden. I attempted to revive part of it, but I had pregnancy and an infant that kept me from maintaining it. I hope by keeping the garden small and contained that I will be able to utilize it as both therapy and a source of nutrition.
I hope to have my own garden next year. After having moved over the winter, I didn’t have the finances to start another garden. I was finally able to retrieve the frame from my raised bed garden a few weeks ago. After it cools a bit outside, I hope to be able to dig up the grass from inside the garden frame and slowly start adding dirt. I’m also hoping to be able to expand more to have a larger variety. I really want to try making a “salad bowl” garden in addition to some of my other garden staples. I’ve started making a compost bucket, so I hope to get good nutrients from it. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a good garden next year. Until then, I’ll support local farmers and growers.