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.





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