Crispy sweet potato chips smothered with peppers, carrots, and spicy peanut dressing
Lately things have been feeling weird. Up until the past few days I haven't really felt like myself. And although I have a list of reasons about a mile long why, all those reasons are just bits and pieces of the same driving force. Change. All summer long I worked carefully to achieve a delicate balance. I enlisted new routines, I tried many different approaches to working, I reflected and assessed the strengths and weakness of my days... But now things are just different. The morning routine I proudly settled on by the end of summer is no longer applicable to most of my week. My delicate balancing act of priorities has toppled into a giant mess as a slew of new responsibilities and obligations have been tossed into the mix. My initiative to maintain progress on all of the things most important to me has devolved into a simple system of "what do I have to do immediately, what do I have to do really soon, and what have I been putting off for so long that I can actually justify bumping it up on the to do list?". I won't say my summer of seeking balance was all for naught- it was an important exercise. But life isn't like some project were you work really hard, execute your plan, buffer out the imperfections, and presto: Balance! Contentment! Keep that on the shelf for later! Life is fluid and dynamic. It's always changing and you can try to hold on to your plans and schedules and ideals when the tides shift, or you can go with the flow. And this fall, the current is strong, the waves are massive, and after a few frustrated months of stubbornly trying to swim up stream, I just threw my hands up into the air and let the flow of the water do the navigating.
Flakey biscuits, bursting roasted cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese
Several months ago, I was craving an egg sandwich on a biscuit. Anyone who's spent much time with me knows that my go-to, could-eat-anytime food is an egg sandwich. Egg sandwiches were a staple in my house growing up, suitable for consumption at any time of day and a perfectly acceptable replacement for any meal. I think my parents still live mostly on egg sandwiches. But it wasn't until moving to South Carolina that I really learned to appreciate the biscuit and what it had to bring to the egg sandwich table. They are most certainly not the healthiest option, but they are arguably the tastiest. So when I tracked down a two-serving biscuits recipe I immediately had two thoughts: (1) this is the best thing that's ever happened to me , and (2) oh no... I'm going to eat so many biscuits. In retrospect, I stand by both of these statements. But the vast majority of the biscuits I made have not gone to egg sandwiches- they've gone to tomato breakfast cobbler. It was one of those half-baked ideas a dreamed up some morning that somehow resulted in what is now our most favorite breakfast food. Stand aside egg sandwiches! (Just kidding- I had one of those for lunch an hour ago). But truly, Chris and I have had this cobbler at least once a week for the past two months. It may be getting a little out of hand even. So- you're welcome. And also, I'm sorry.
Hi there! I'm Cara- plant ecologist, gardening addict, and whole foods enthusiast. My whole life revolves around plants, including my kitchen. Join me here at LWM each week as I post local, seasonal, plant-based recipes and write about my never ending quest to find balance and tranquility in this crazy little world.