Dreaming of country life

Yes… it’s Saturday 22:00, the picture is me in the kitchen wearing an apron over my working cloth, as we just arrived in the country after I flew away from work. As soon as we arrived, I wore my rain boots to check the garden and pick some parsley, and headed inside to start cooking right away. This picture depicts me perfectly…

With all the traveling these past and future weeks, and the long working days that overrun the weekends I dream more and more of a simple country life. I love my job and how interesting it can be, but coming back home late everyday and doing some minimal cooking frustrates me. Boiling pasta and throwing some fresh but too quickly prepared vegetables on top of it is not cooking… it’s bare survival… and the whole week has been like that. I didn’t even make pancakes for breakfast as I had meetings early in the morning too…

Survival plate

I think the weather might be again acting on me too… it’s been raining 75% of the time since I came back from Canada, when the season calls for beautiful blue sky and beautiful days seems to be only for the days when I am stuck indoors at work… I crave for being outside, for working in the garden. Last week between two showers I harvested a few things in the garden: peanuts, persimmons, celery, herbs also, a poor harvest but still… I am happy to have something. I cleaned the kitchen garden that was covered in weeds after 3 weeks without maintenance and planted red onions while thinking about all the plants I could plant in the spring, now that I have a small nursery space to prepare seedlings. I’m testing chickpeas right now with a mitigated success…

When I pass others’ kitchen gardens I look at them with envy, fancying the beautifully aligned plants, the lush greens, the dark soil, clean and nourishing. One day mine will look like that… maybe… For the moment mine is tiny, messy and produces little, but hopefully our garden is not limited to this and the season for persimmons, tangerines, yuzus and later other citrus fruits is happily coming and walking around the garden seeing the trees covered with fruits pleases me very much.

I won’t tell you any recipe today as I did little cooking, maybe tomorrow…

But now it’s time to enjoy the Sunday…

Surfing, gardening, cooking and sewing!

My kitchen garden

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