Or maybe the third, I can't keep track. I'm talking about Winter, of course. It took forever to get here, sometime in late January if I remember right and then it just plain refused to leave. It lingered way into April which made the blooming season that much shorter and thwarted my usual joy in bringing in all the flowers for a good month and a half. Heck the lilacs barely lasted a week and I was only able to bring them in once before they started to vanish under the next wave of cold and rain. Then we had a respite and the first week of May brought warmth and we thought we were finally there. And the dogwoods bloomed. My favorite! (this year).
Gypsy Goulash adapted from Back to Square One by Joyce Goldstein
Serves 6 to 8
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch cubes
2 1/2 lbs. veal cut into 2 inch cubes
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced pancetta or bacon
4 cups diced onions
2 cups diced green bell peppers
2 tbsp paprika
1/ 1/2 cups diced fresh or canned plum tomatoes
2 cups veal or chicken stock
Salt & freshly ground pepper
Mix together the paprika, 1 tbsp of the garlic, and the pepper and rub over the pork and veal. Cover and refrigerate over night.
and patiently wait to see if Sunday is more seasonable.
No? Maybe another stew.
Or maybe we'll just look out the window and wish for a better day, we've got herbs to plant!