Rinascimento, from ri- “again” and nascere “be born”
March has arrived and spring is here! Temperature wise it doesn’t seem all that spring-like today…dining al fresco will have to wait for the moment!
This blog post follows on the heels of “Taking a Step Back” from February. At that time I was reflecting on friendships, rejuvenating my mind, body, spirit and how wonderful life is. Recently two close cast of characters in my life have moved on. I felt the thing to do was to keep focused and reflecting on the good. I have found strength, courage, love, met new friends, caught up with old friends and laughed along the way. Life is far too short to be angry, frustrated and have a constant case of ‘what ifs’ I have decided.
So here we go. Cooking wasn’t a number one priority for a stretch of time. I didn’t have the energy, appetite or the anticipation or excitement that usually came with trying out a new recipe or baking up an old family favorite. And then it just sort of came about – naturally – it was time. A dear friend threw an impromptu dinner party and I was in!
The menu: first up was sushi – crab, asparagus, and scallion 2 ways – rice on the outside and nori on the outside. Rolling sushi is fun! I could get used to have sushi parties!
This was followed by fondue (yes, that is right…fondue. Fondue is fabulous!). A seafood fondue delight awaited – scallops, salmon, swordfish, shrimp…mmm! It is simple: a broth in one pot and oil in another pot (yes, we had 2 fondue pots – we are hardcore food geeks – no judging). There were fantastic dipping sauces. The wine and prosecco flowed, fondue forks were flying, and there was laughter, wonderful conversation and stories all around. It was a magical and memorable night.
Today found me humming a Bob Marley tune as I was hanging out with my family.
Rise up this mornin’, smiled with the risin’ sun, three little birds pitch by my doorstep singin’ sweet songs of melodies pure and true, Sayin’, This is my message to you: Singin’: Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right.