|Lower garden...Oregon is so dry this year.|
My parents love food and are pretty decent connoisseurs of it. They are always collecting spices, batters, and marinades. Since I have moved in I am constantly and shamelessly dropping hints that I really need their homemade onion rings, their home made ice cream, my mom's famous pies, my dads barbecuing chicken skills, my moms homemade fresh salsa. It is rather pathetic, yet lovely, how much life revolves around food here:)
My girls thought they knew about vegetables, fruit, and consuming them but it turns out they did not really know about them until they moved here.
I have learned the secrets of the Ord Family onion rings and next on my list is to have some serious pie classes with my mother. Her pies are beautiful and her crust is perfect in every way. I remember as a child staring with awe at the dining room table that she had filled with peach pies she was making. She always has a pie crust on hand, just a defrost away, in the freezer. My dad has given me a few barbecue lessons throughout the years but I need some more to boost my confidence. And then there are the aebleskivers. This obsession technically came from my sister Sarah but regardless I need to learn how to make them.
I have to mention one more time that I am fascinated with how careful my parents are to make sure nothing goes to waste. I am thrilled to know that there is a possibility that it is in my genetic make up. Because I thought there was no hope for me and my "just throw it away" answer to everything.
The routine of the home made food is very comforting here. We had settled into some bad habits in our past east coast life. Last night when we were at Wal Mart Tatiana impulsively grabbed a box of macaroni and cheese, something we have not purchased in at least 6 weeks and she asked if we could buy it....for old times sake. I said yes but I inwardly cringed at how the other home grown food in my parents house might treat this poor innocent box of processed-ness :)
Tonight we are having deviled eggs and potato salad for dinner and I know for a fact there is homemade strawberry pie from last night still in the fridge. And then I am going on a bike ride :)