Four Seasons in one day
That was yesterday- I went out to the Obama kickoff in Beaverton, and afterwards, there was hail, followed by rain, followed by warm sunshine and then finished off with a cool breeze- and that was within a space of just two hours.
Then, the whole weather spectrum repeated itself again.
Sigh. For that reason, I booked a trip to Hawai'i. I have never been to Hawaii, and wit so much cold rain and wind it would be nice to have a change of pace. Even if it does rain a lot, at least it would be warm rain and warmer temperatures, and rains won't last as long.
Last night, we finally had ( a proper) Easter dinner. I made herbed lamb roast, boiled potatoes, and spring greens- combination of spinach, chicory and chard. I boiled the potatoes whole in their jackets, in salted water and thyme. I let the water boil out and shook the pot to get the skins to split, and dressed them with olive oil and freshly ground pepper. The lamb roast was a total cheat- it was from Trader Joes refrigerated aisle. Sure, I cold have went to supermarket, bought the lamb, and butterflied and seasoned it with herbs myself. But getting it already done from Trader Joes was actually cheaper ( I did not have to pay for bone or excess fat weight) and the easier in terms of labor. It cooked in about an hour and 10 minutes, for 2 1/2 pounds. The springs green were simply different bundles of greens, slightly bitter and needing a good braise.
We had a bottle of a lovely wine, Counterpoint, a rich, dense Cabernet Sauvuginon.
The meal was perfect for spring weather like this - richness from the meat and wine, but balance by lightly dressed potatoes and braised greens acting as a sort of tonic. It could fortify you against shifting weather and cold winds, and give you coolness against sudden shafts of sunlight.