It was cool and rainy in the Hollow today. I felt like hunkering down, staying home and cozying up. If I could manage it, this week's One Local Summer meal was going to be stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. Since I didn't want to venture out, that meant root vegetables and pantry staples.
This week I found my local flour! Thank you so much to everyone who offered suggestions. You all spurred me on and now I know how much it pays to keep looking. I feel like Dorothy - it was right there all along! There is a brand called Oak Manor sold in health food stores that's grown and milled locally to us in Tavistock, Ontario. (**Edited to add - this was kindly tipped off to me by Karen - I didn't realize I'd picked up the very brand she recommended until just now!) I eagerly snapped up some wheat flour, cornmeal and popcorn. The same store also sells local, organic milk - in these neat old-fashioned bottles.
This milk found its way into a curry sauce and it was also an ingredient in the cornbread recipe. I had more local eggs, carrots, onions, potatoes and beets left. The beets and potatoes got oven-roasted with cumin seeds and I made a quick carrot curry.
The ultimate comfort food - cornbread. How lucky I felt being able to finally make it with local ingredients!
I cozied up the cabin while things were baking, roasting and simmering - washed the sheets, dusted the furniture and fluffed the couch. Swirled the dishes in hot suds and smoothed the cotton blanket on the bed. I put clean, quilted shams on the down pillows and topped them with a pair of thrifted cushions. I lit a tealight under the fragrance oil burner and felt snuggly enough to light some candles:
There. Now it was time to serve up a plate.
Delicious. Beets are especially good when they're caramelized - sweeter and less earthy. These would be great at Thanksgiving.
After all that comfort food, it was time to curl up with a magazine and listen to the rain. Maybe a little nap is in order?
Thank you so much for visiting! Goodnight!