Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cooking Outside the Box

A few weeks ago, I was stuck in a cooking rut. You know what I'm talking about...when you realize that for the last few months all you have eaten is some variation of spaghetti, burritos or chicken breasts. I was longing for a change as I sat making my completely predictable grocery list, so I asked Doc what he would like to eat. His answer caught me off guard.

Him: ROOT VEGETABLES. I'd like to eat more root vegetables.

Me: What? (Thinking that he must have lost his good mind.) Um. Ok. I'll see what I can do. (Also making a note to check the medicine cabinet for any missing medications that might be altering his brain.)

Now, I don't much believe in coincidences and I think that God loves the details. So I wasn't very surprised when I went to read Pioneer Woman's blog shortly after that and she had a link to Dutch Girl Cooking. I linked to that and the angels started to sing their "Ode to Root Vegetables" song when I came across this picture and recipe for Rustic Roasted Vegetables.

Yes, Virginia, they do taste as good as they look. Especially when paired with these Honey Thyme Chops.


Doc was very pleased and my parents were singing my praises as they ate the meal with us. My kids even devoured the dishes.

Later that week, Doc was sitting in his chair doing his blog and I was sitting here in my chair doing mine. (Because we are big nerds and sit in the same room and facebook each other for a favorite past time.) He looked up from his computer at me and said..."Shallots. I like the word shallots. It sounds British. Fancy. Shallots and parsnips. Those words should be said with a British accent. "And then he repeated the words with a sad attempt at a British accent.

I was laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. For real. Who knew that some vegetables that grow in the ground would have such an impact on him. That's one of the reasons I love him...he finds joy in the simple things. I find joy in him. And eating. Especially these recipes.

5 comments:

Kimber said...

It's funny that you facebook each other while in the same room. My hubby and I text each other all the time while together. The kids think we're crazy, but they don't always need to hear what we're saying - teeheehee.

SondreLyn said...

I am with Kimber and the texting... my kids are way past that 'spelling' stage...

I LOVE root veggies, mmmmm... mouth watering... eyes glazed over... gotta have some! :D Funny about shallots and parsnips sounding British... they do, don't they! ;D

Kim Peri said...

CJ & I IM each other sitting right next to each other or from separate floors of the house. I am waiting for the day for CJ to utter those words to me, "I want to eat more root vegetables." I'd KNOW he'd had some life-altering experience. I hope the weather doesn't keep you from a GREAT birthday evening.

Kimber said...

You have an award awaiting you at my blog.

SondreLyn said...

I tagged you on my blog...