Monday, August 17, 2009

relaxing

tom

Hey, did you know it's tomato season? This dude came from my mom's garden. If all goes as planned, this time next year I'll be harvesting hella tomatoes from my own backyard plot, keep your fingers crossed.

I've been way lazy (well, busy) lately and I haven't had much to say about food. It's summer, I've been eating a lot of salad, a lot of burritos, and not much else. I even thought about calling it quits on this thing officially, or starting a new blog with more of a photo focus and less recipes, but I'm too flaky to do anything official on the internet. Call it a small break, call it what you want. I don't want to jinx anything, but as far as I know, in a few short weeks, you might be seeing photos from a whole new kitchen. The other day, during a short spell of cool grey days, I hunkered down in my favorite sweater, sipping chamomile and daydreaming about what I've come to lovingly refer to as "soup season." I want THIS really bad, and this. And holy crap, this.

Just look under the 'soups' tag, actually- god, I love soup. I love huge bubbling pots of stock, I love being able to smell the fragrant broth from outside, I love leftovers for lunch, I love taking a travel mug of hot soup to the park on a cold day. Winter in Portland is just so beautiful, as much as I love summer, I can't help but pine for scarves, adorable jackets, and mugs full of hot stuff.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Today was gorgeous, and I spent the day park-hopping with my son, listening to the breeze ruffle through the trees. I ate nothing exciting, though. I guess comfort foods are my forte. I'll still be around, don't worry.

22 comments:

bachelorfarmer said...

Please don't call it quits on this blog. We'd miss you horribly. And we'd be sad.

Post once a month. No problem. Just don't go. We want to hear about your soup. And your kitchen. And everything.

Love,

Us

Blue is Bleu said...

I'm glad you're not going anywhere :)

life according to celia... said...

holy shit, i was totally thinking of you today. how weird and hippie is that?? glad to know you're sticking around... even if it's just sometimes.

The Fabulous One said...

Too many of my favorite foodie bloggers have forsaken the wonderful world of blogs and I'm glad you've decided not to join that (rotten, no-good, double-crossin') group. =]

Angela said...

I really need to pass along my corn sausage chowder or brat chowder recipes to you. Talk about hearty! Great for those brisk days here in Wisconsin.

Sayward Rebhal said...

I'm with you, Lady. I am so excited for soup season, I've even started early with chili and lentil in the past few weeks. Why wait!?

Good luck with everything, and I'm glad you're not going anywhere.

{lauryl} said...

Don't leave!!! I love your blog and I'm starting to smell Autumn in the air here in Los Angeles, so I am ready for all the soup recipes you can throw at me!

Lisa-Marie said...

I also love soup. Some people have said I am weird, becuase even in the middle of summer I make it. Thos epeople dont live in Scotland where it rains in the middle of summer though.

Autumn is approaching with some force here, so my soup pot is going to get a workout!

(p.s., don't leave, where else will I find soup recipes?!)

foodnerd said...

I had a feeling and wondered if this was an early sign of you wanting to call it quits. We enjoy your blog so much though!!! At first I was going through withdrawal but quickly caught up with older posts and found myself quite happy. No grudges from this end if you feel that you reached the end of the line. It's hard to keep it up when life gets too busy and creative minds need good changes sometimes.

As for the soups, that's creepy. I've been going through a similar serious craving since last week and it's freaking my husband out!! I should explain though. It is swealtering hot and humid in our Gatineau region. It's 42˚c! That's 107.6˚Fahrenheit! Even in the shade! It rained too but that only made things worse. Feels like walking in someone's hot shower. Sticky and Gross! For some reason though it is not discouraging me from wanting to make soups! In fact it makes me more obsessed! I'm also looking forward to fall so it could be related... My husband thought I was crazy but now he thinks I'm pregnant (which could be true...) That's all I talk about! Funny enough, last week I've been checking your blog A LOT and when I fell upon your soup section I thought it was meant to be (to the discouragement of my husband) but when I showed him the pics of your cheddar soup and zucchini soup he admitted that he would go for it. My fantasizing probably sent you vibes through cyberspace since we're always connected here. I have everything ready to make a kick ass french lentil soup with sausage in it. My psyche and energy is superlow and this will help me get through the day since I have to work and be creative, run after a toddler and check on blogs.

We also grow tomatoes! 8 gigantic plants + some herbs. The rain made them grow like crazy! Nothing beats a fresh, still warm from the sun tomato. In fact my husband is picking some right now. He doesn't get excited about food like I do but that is one thing he gets giddy about. Especially on good toasted bread with butter and a sprinkle of salt. I just discovered the pleasures of frying green tomatoes too! An exotic dish from your country for me and oh SO GOOD! Next will be a Gazpacho! It's the perfect summer soup (funny enough) but it translates to "PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH" after just one slurp!

Keep it up if you can, LOVE your stuff!

Maija said...

eh, come back in Sept, we'll all be back then too. I've decided August is pretty much a no-cook month, with the exception of fruit crips and maybe a fancy salad or two.

Fall is really when my kitchen gets cranking again, as I love fall produce (oh butternut squash!) and soups/gratins/anything simmered, stewed, braised, or baked a long, long time.

maggie said...

OMG! Please do not give up the food blogging. Since I found your blog, I have become more inspired than ever before in my kitchen.
Your easy explanations and amazing recipes have made dinner for my husband and me a lot lately.
Don't starve us in Texas! For Christ's sake, I live in TX--I need a little bread and honey inspiration.

shakeandshiftdesign said...

I'll second the comments of please don't go. That would really suck. I mean, really. Your posts are awesome!

Sarah said...

Echoing the rest of the world, please don't stop! Your writing makes me laugh and I was waiting excited for your next entry!

Zom! said...

For realz. Bread & honey is my favorite food blog because your crack my shiz up AND make great food AND take dreamy pictures. If the anonymous pleading of half a dozen strangers isn't enough to keep you from leaving then I just don't know what is. (**CONGRATs on the new homestead, ps)

Cortney said...

if you don't already have a garden plan for next year, i'm happy to share pictures of ours with you. my husband built a 4'x8' raised box (which then turned into 4'x16') - raised about 3 feet with divided boxes and a trellis for vining things (we vine grapes, blackberries, and luffas). it's perfect for a small lots (or bad soil, since you can fill it with compost) and it's nice being raised so you don't have to crouch and bend, and it keeps the little critters out of it. if you're interested in the pictures i'm happy to share! skyblu_car@yahoo.com

-.cortney.

ab said...

I love fall, and fall foods, and pictures of fall food. And putting on my jeans for the first time after a summer of shorts as a kid is still a very vivid memory for me...

Please don't quit! But that being said, I would read anything you came up with, and I love your pics, so... you'll have a following where ever you end up!

Good luck with the house!

maranaomi said...

I totally hear your yearning for soup season (my personal favorite). I really love your blog, which my friend Joanna recommended when I started mine, so I do hope you keep it up!

Melanie said...

What a gorgeous tomato! I can't wait for soup season either.

nacherluver said...

Oh I so love your blog! The pictures are as delicious as the food! It is so refreshing to see such good-for-you-made-from-scratch food for once! You stomp Rachael Ray! I love following your blog and vote for you to stay, stay, stay! Although I do understand life calls. If you're here, I'm here!

E said...

Those are impressive. Your tomato, yes it is. MMHM.

Anna said...

I really hope you keep this blog, I just love it! Even if you can only post once a month, your fans will be here!! :)

Goofy About Cats said...

I love your blog! Congradulations on your new home. Enjoy! The pictures are fantastic! I love food and enjoy cooking...Is it ok to "borrow" photos...or are they exclusive? Thanks again,