It has been awhile since I posted anything here, and it has certainly been a busy but good summer. I managed to spend some quality time with my son although it is never enough. I did not get out fly fishing as much as I had wanted, and already the autumn is here with the steelhead running some of the rivers that are not far from me. I am hoping *crossing fingers* that I can get out before the snow really starts to fly!
Speaking of snow, we’ve already had some fall in my neck of the woods! It’s not uncommon; in fact, there have been years when it started snowing on Halloween enough to cover the ground – and that stayed until the following spring. But compared to last year, this autumn is already much cooler and perhaps we’ll have a much more “normal” winter with lots of snow.
When I started this blog, it was going to be about search engine optimization, fly fishing adventures, and “other rambles.” Another one of my hobbies is cooking. I grew up enjoying the scent of fresh bread; especially Irish types of breads like soda farls and wheaten, and if I wanted to enjoy it as an adult, I knew I’d have to get my mother’s recipes and learn to do it myself. Along with “Ulster Frys” with potato bread, white and black pudding, and other delicious things. Some call an “Ulster Fry” a “heart attack on a plate,” but the curious thing to me is that although I eat them a lot, my cholesterol levels always come in fairly normal whenever I have a physical. So, I think there is much more to cholesterol levels than simply fat intake. I’ve been doing some research and it seems that there is more of a link to the amount of simple carbohydrates in the diet than the amount of fat. But scientists are constantly learning new things and even what was once believed to be true a few decades ago, are now being revisited.
Anyhow, this is a good time of the year to start looking at new recipes and ideas for “comfort food” for the coming winter months. The one thing I do regret is that I don’t have my own garden like I used to, where I could grow enough vegetables to put away from the winter. For several years in a row, I grew enough tomatoes that my family never had to buy tomatoes in any form – sauce, canned or fresh, from August through to the following April or May.
I hope I can do that again! Did you know that tomatoes are very healthy for you and contain an ingredient called lycopene? According to the article I just linked to, cooked tomatoes contain more of this, and lycopene has been shown to help kill and prevent cancer cell growth.
I have been interested in foods that are healing along with tasty; although I certainly like my sweets too! So, I think I will write a few posts about some of my cooking adventures!