Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. That’s been my mantra the past few weeks. I try to tell myself that the rain is good, and it’s what makes the Pacific Northwest so green, but it has been raining for 10+ days straight, and I’m getting a little fed up. April showers bring May flowers? Yup, been thinking that too. The end of March and the beginning of May have been so utterly dreary.
So to combat that a little, I made some soup. You know, thinking about it, it’s kind-of funny that so many people use food as comfort, but when you get down to really thinking about it, it makes sense. If you feel good about yourself, it changes your outlook on life. And eating yummy food, especially comfort food, helps things look brighter. I won’t tell you that eating this soup will all of a sudden make the sun shine, or your problems go away, but you will certainly feel in a sunnier disposition, and sometimes that makes all the difference. Continue reading
This summer I grew a lot of basil. And I mean a lot. So much I had to give some of it away. But of what I kept, I made pesto and froze it, so in the winter months, I have reminders of summer. Since I have quite a bit of pesto, I thought making it with a sandwich sounded pretty good (especially since in the past I’ve always used it with pasta). Oh, I am a genius! haha
This is a fantastic sandwich for a fall afternoon. You only need a few ingredients and a few moments and your sandwich is ready. Plus, if you pair it with an end-of-the-summer fruit, like apples, you’ll definitely have a fall meal. (Or even have it with a small bowl of soup.) Add as many or as few vegetables as you like. For me, I like a loaded sandwich, so I topped it with everything that I had in my fridge.
Fall is slowly making its way here. The weather is cooling, the color of the leaves are turning, and I am no longer having to exercise really early in the morning or around dusk. I also feel like I can finally turn my oven on without cranking up the AC. And I can now start wearing my new back-to-school fall clothes! (That’s what matters, right? Being a teacher, I love getting to add a couple of new clothes to my work/school wardrobe.) And now that fall is vastly approaching, it’s going to be harder to want to eat cold sandwiches, so I have to get my fix in now. What’s great about this recipe is that not only does it taste fantastic, but it makes enough that you can have leftovers. Good leftovers you can take to work and not worry about stinking up the lunch room. (I have some co-workers who reheat fish and what-not and that really permeates the place!)
If you’re worried that the curry will be too strong, I promise you it’s not. It has such a slight hint and with the apricot jam, it sweetens the salad, so it’s perfect. Continue reading