I have an impressive collection of cookbooks. I have said before that I have a habit reading them, thinking about loved ones, friends and family. I put post-its in them and write things like: 'When babysitting Joseph' next to the cheesy shepherds pie; 'Stephen home in winter' next to the meat pie on a plate; 'breakfast treat with family' next to fluffy crumpet pancakes with raspberries and honey. Sometimes I just write a name: Gemma; Dan; Clare; Anto; sometimes an initial C in summer; cosy night in with G; sometimes a mood or event - re-energise on a rainy day; cook with friends; party at the flat; home; bring to a party.
The thing about it is, I need some help. I love, more than anything else, to hear about the favourite foods of the people I love. I want to know what they look forward to eating, what can bring a smile to their face, what they fancy when they are tired, after a long walk in the outdoors, for breakfast on a lazy Sunday. I long to know what people think is best for a party, how they like to cook on a weekday, favourite food in the rain.
I mention the rain, of course, because of the weather here in England. It looks like this summer we are going to have to make our own smiles. We are forecast floods and rain until September. It is time to put our wellies on and continue with summer walks and outdoor activities regardless, walking and hiking in the deluge; taking picnics in the car; making friends with waterproof trousers again; learning to love the damp. This means my usual summer menus have been made rather redundant. If you read this, could you do me a favour? Drop me a comment and tell me what foodie delights light up the end of a long day for you. You can leave an anonymous comment, I won't be judging! I just need some inspiration to help me back to my cooking and blogging. I have read these books twice over and I am season and taste bud confused!
I would be very grateful for your thoughts, no matter how short. Write just one word! Write a sentence! Write an essay or a paragraph.