There is an English proverb that says, “It’s better to begin in the evening than not at all.” In my native country (Jamaica), we would say, “It never too late for a shower of rain.” How are these sayings relevant to Fall you might ask?
You see, I went on a little hiatus (sometime in March’17). Never expected to be away that long. Wanted to resume writing my blog, but, repeatedly procrastinated. Before I knew it, summer made it’s way and so did the very active work of Mother Nature.
My heart goes out to many victims of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Several lost their lives. The devastation from these storms destroyed and obliterated islands, towns and many structures.
People in Barbuda and other parts of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Key West, US Virgin Islands, Houston, Tx, USA are still without electric power and other amenities. It seemed like there is no ending to the devastation within our midst.
Sonoma and Napa Valley counties in California, USA went through tremendous lost of lives and properties caused by fires. Many wineries were completely destroyed by these gigantic fires. In addition, Mexico had its structures demolished in a huge way with a massive earthquake. Several lives were perished.
When devastation and tragedies occur, one can feel rather helpless and forlorn. You try to find ways to assist one another in your own way via donations, time and otherwise. You wish you could quiet the dispirited feelings within.
Despite all this, the seasons continue to change. Mother Nature is a mixed-bag. Autumn (Fall) is here(well, since Sept 1). I must confess, it’s one of my faves. I do think it is an incredible time to return to one of my passions which is sharing my cooking.
So, as some of you are fortunate to experience the leaves transform to their amazing reds, oranges, and other hues up north, I choose to follow suit in my own way. I do so by enjoying the wholesome products of nature. The marketplaces are abuzz. I’ll purchase, prepare and cook the seasonal foods in the form of:
- Sweet potatoes(yam)
- Brussels sprout
and a host of other seasonal foods. I do think it’s the best way to save and simultaneously enjoy nature’s bounties. I can’t wait to transform these wholesome produces hopefully into delectable dishes. My palate is anticipating those mouth-watering dishes.
So, as the temperatures plummet to comfortable digits, I’ll fling open my windows and doors and usher in the cool goodness. Okay, I know I don’t reside in the cold region. But, I’ll allow my imagination to take over.
I’ll pretend that I’m curled up by a crackling fireplace with the glowing embers popping. That’s when I will indulge in a comforting bowl of pumpkin or squash soup. Or a finger licking dish of stew. In my head, the green leaves are changing to their breath-taking hues of reds, oranges and others.
Welcome back my family, friends, fellow bloggers, and followers. It’s nice to return. Despite life’s pitfalls, it’s also wonderful. It’s time to start making some beautiful noise with those pots, skillets and pans. Let’s start chopping!
And as per usual, I thank you for joining me at “Justmeandmypot”, where I try to keep a fine mouth-watering balance. Have an awesome Fall season.