It seems like the entire globe is elongated with this Arctic blast. It has been sometime since I switched my old thermostat on ‘off’ and allowed Mother Nature to do its thing. You see, in my neck of the woods, South Florida, USA, this morn is in the fifties. Okay, to some of you dear folks elsewhere where you’re freezing your derrieres off, you might find this quite hilarious; but to me, it’s winter in my midst.

Guys, when this type of weather is in my midst, my palate develops a mind of its own. It craves a tad  more calories and comforting foods. I knew it for sometime, but, I do think we (my palate and I) are two different ‘entities’ so to speak. We often try to work in unity. However, once in a while there’s a ‘cold war’ going on. It’s the new year and the Good Lord knows I’m trying to healthy with my choices, but, my palate has other ideas.

So, on this day, this morn, we had issues on what to devour when the digits on the outskirts were plummeting. Thank God, we came to a compromise. We arrived at a beautiful balance. Got some grape tomatoes on sale the other day.  I did a quick pan roast on top of the stove with a drizzle of olive oil and garnish of parsley.

Grape tomatoes
Grape tomatoes

I never knew I had to make such an early visit. I was led by my palate (you know, I’m trying to compromise). I found myself at the rear of my freezer. There I retrieved a few small pieces of left-over ham which I did a quick defrost and warmed in the skillet. I toasted an English muffin, the one with the cranberries embedded within. With a combination of a  little strawberry spread and butter my toast was complete.

On a morn as this, my breakfast just couldn’t  be complete without a couple of eggs. So grabbed me a skillet and fried them in a little olive oil and garnished with a sprig of parsley on hand. Now, all I needed was a cup of hot cocoa.

Roasted tomatoes/warmed left-over ham, fried eggs, toasted English muffins and hot cocoa
Roasted tomatoes/warmed left-over ham, fried eggs, toasted English muffins and hot cocoa

Once again, my palate and I are in complete unison. We’re satisfied on this Arctic day. Guys, where ever you are, if it’s frigid, do keep warm. And, as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.





Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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