It's amazing what a few hours of solitude and quiet can do! Yesterday was the most peaceful, nourishing day I've had in many a week. Some time spent alone in my kitchen, with some tea, slow sewing, and slow cooking was just what I needed (read: thank goodness the children are still young enough to nap!). I really enjoy the slow cooking process (minus the slow cooker), but this is a luxury that few days afford. This recipe, that I have been making often this winter, is just the ticket. You start with great ingredients, cook, and simmer, chop, and add, and end up with a healthful, yummy, warm, one-dish meal.
The homemade bread experiment continues after a little break. I've got a batch of four loaves in my bucket in the fridge, ready to pull out at an afternoon's notice. Yesterday, something new was required, so with my basic dough, and a fresh red pepper to hand, we enjoyed Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Fougasse (from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day). Sounds quite fancy I think, and Husband was duly impressed, but it was really very simple because the dough was already made.
But don't let all this homemade-ness fool you. Tonight's menu is pizza, with grocery store mix, grocery store sauce, and canned pineapple. While yesterday was a respite, today is teaching me not to expect such bounty everyday!