My head and heart are skittering toward spring, but the weather keeps saying "Wait."
You know, that's fine, actually.
Because I haven't eaten all the winter food I want.
Beans, for instance. No. I take that back. I will eat beans all year long.
But Cranky had a cranky hankering for a stewy dish of lentils he watched Jamie Oliver fiddling with the other day. And you know how ad lib Jamie can be. Cranky fiddled, too.
What he came up with was this gorgeous mess of lentils, mirepoix and hacked spinach leaves. His innovation was to add some cut-up black trumpet mushrooms. (They are extraordinarily cheap right now, what with being a foraged, wild species that you'd think would cost more.)
You want to call it a simple, peasanty dish. And it is. But it's food to luxuriate in, to savor every flavor and texture.
To not feel bad about winter.