My husband is my biggest fan. By that I mean by me being the cook in the family and the “glue” that holds our life together he is the best cheerleader a gal can have. He loves my cooking!
He just finished bowl of the unbelievably yummy peach cobbler I’ve made for dessert. And as I’ve been very busy with canning, gardening, and working at a store part time this is a special treat. My hubby is the atypical farmer type. He likes meat and potatoes with hardly any veggies with supper. But as we’ve aged (and yes we have aged) the vegetables and fruits are getting more prevalent on the plate and fish is starting to creep onto it as well.
Still it’s nice to have a decadent dessert; even if it does have a fruit attached to it. I wouldn’t say that this is diet food by any means. It’s a recipe that I collected from a church cookbook and has a lot of sugar and butter in it. But I only do this recipe when peaches are at their deliciously abundant best and I feel that it is still better than no fruit for my husband at all. So I get the proverbial “thumbs up” to a delicious dessert and feel that I’ve done the good cook thing once again.
I’ve always cooked for people and it seems that my reputation of being the best cook that most people know is sometimes a hard reputation to live up to. I mean; I’d love to throw a sandwich on the table some nights or thought of thought; let someone else cook for a change. After decades of being the “Head cook and bottle washer” I am a little weary of the grind of finding a good dish for everyone at the table. I especially don’t like to always cook great food that is lower fat and better in nutrients. I’d personally rather have a piece of chocolate cake and a big pot of tea for supper! But that isn’t going to happen unless I find myself (god forbid!) widowed.
So I am always on the prowl for a good recipe that has fish; my least favorite protein and some kind of salad that my husband won’t whine about. He is NOT a fan of lettuce; or “rabbit food” as he calls it. I am always arguing with him about getting some greens into his diet and this is a real source of contention at the dinner table. I sometimes hide lettuce in recipes and swear my husband is turning into a toddler in his old age.
Still he’s gotten me to eat more fish in my life than I ever thought possible and I even like some of the recipes that he does. I especially like Tilapia and shrimp. I can usually put enough pepper flakes on this to take the fish taste away and although my favorite style of fixing fish is to drown it in real butter; am able to get by on a dribble of olive oil instead. Having the garden is a god send as I put a lot of herb plants in last year and these bright tasting greens sure do open the palate with flavor.
I love to try new recipes when I have time and this time of year it really is a pleasure to cook as it’s only a small trip to the garden to get fresh ingredients to throw into the new dish. Fresh peppers and Cherokee Purple tomatoes graced our supper this evening with garlic chives on the baked potatoes and fresh cut off the cob corn. Yum!
I could eat this way forever but alas the garden is almost finished. Tomorrow it will be a busy day of picking the rest of the corn and blanching; cutting off the cob and freezing. Then on to salsa. I have taken almost a decade to perfect my recipe of tomato salsa. It is the stuff of legends and people actually have fought over the last jar! I really have considered making it to sell but really do not want to deal with overenthusiastic health inspectors in our small town. Really I would think they’d have better things to do with some of the horrible food I’ve eaten lately at a local restaurant!
I will miss my garden when it’s gone but the produce in the freezer and pantry will sustain me; especially when I get so sick of winter. Come January it will be wonderful to have a peach pie from peaches that I’ve frozen this week and as these sweet delicious golden orbs are absolutely my favorite fruit; it will bring back the love of my favorite time of year; Fall.
I do wish that I could find a way to eat more healthy that doesn’t include chocolate, butter or nuts. But these being my favorite food stuffs; will have to content myself to an occasional dish with those ingredients.
I think I’ll look up low calorie chocolate dishes. That wouldn’t be an oxymoron would it?