Cooking with Bob Marley, on a snowy winter’s day

The cooking is rocking along to Bob Marley’s mellow groove, on this fine winter’s day. “The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory”…. “There’s a natural mystic blowin’ through the air…” “Soul captives are free.”

The sweet potato pie, turnip casserole, pumpkin pies and banana bread are done, ready and waiting for the gathering tonight. Now it’s time for brunch: spinach and goat’s mozzarella frittata with re-fried beans and home fries. Ah, I love to cook – so satisfying, soothing and joyful.

I’m glad we are having a real Canadian winter for a change. There’s a foot of snow on the ground, and big flakes are still coming down. It is a small taste of what winter was like when I was growing up – which was not that long ago, in the ’70s. Then, six foot high snow banks seemed the norm. We don’t have anything like that here now, since global warming has really kicked in.

It’s a good day to cook – then to go for a walk and build a snow fort with the kids. Or listen to Bob Marley, “The sun is shining,” and dream about sunny days and Caribbean islands…

But then again, if we can’t do anything about the weather, why grumble about it? Why let it make you upset? People complain about the weather, which they can’t change; but they have no interest in changing the things they can change, and that need to be changed. It makes no sense to me. And the snow is beautiful!

I’m dreaming about spring; and planning the garden – but I am definitely enjoying the winter.

And now some Steely Dan, to make the day all that much better.

January 25, 2014

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