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Resting, Craft, and Comfort Food

I have not been well this week, so I cut back on commitments, stayed close to home, and have been resting as much as possible. I’d love to be out in my gardens or the orchards, but I’ve learned that if I don’t rest when I need to, it takes so much longer to get back on my feet.

So I’m being good, mostly, and it’s really helped. I slept ten hours last night – what richness! There’s nothing like a good sleep to renew your strength and spirits. We’ve been eating asparagus, Lebanese cucumbers, and all sorts of tomatoes from the gardens. It’s so nice to have healthy things to eat when you’re feeling blechy. Especially when you can just pop them in your mouth, no cooking required.

It’s been a good time to get caught up on wood-burning last minute Christmas orders. It’s been so nice to sit in front of the fan, etching fanciful designs onto spoons, cheeseboards, and rolling pins, while watching episodes of Murdoch Mysteries and other favorite shows.

I perked up a bit on Wednesday, and Bear and I spent a lovely day in Brisbane with truly lovely people. We ran errands, shared good visits over scrumptious gnocchi, and I got to finger-knit some reins for our medieval camel saddles while I chatted with dear medieval friends at a training night. My friends brought their oh-so-gorgeous 2-week-old baby girl, and there was much cuddling and swooning over her deliciousness.

It’s been a week of simple food, comforting things that nourish and strengthen. It started Sunday afternoon with the first meeting of the Cookbook Club started by my friend Karis and her blogging partner, Mel, from But first, we eat!.  The idea is to choose one cookbook each time for all of us to cook from. That way we get to taste numerous dishes from the cookbooks we all have sitting on our shelves.

Sunday was our first dinner and it was so fun! About ten of us, mostly strangers, met at Fort Lytton National Park and shared a prodigiously good meal. Our first cookbook was River Cottage Everyday, and we dined most happily on Lamb Burgers with roasted pepper relish, Warm Bean Leek Salad, Venison Burgers with Spiced Pears, Chicken Leek Pasties, Beef Lentil Salad, Cherry Clafoutis, Caraway Shortbread, Lemony Muffins, Beetroot Brownies, and Smoked Trout Dip. Everything was scrumptious and it was so great to meet kindred spirits who love food and a nourishing life as much as Bear and I do. We’re looking forward to our next meet-up very much indeed.

Bear and I liked the Warm Bean Leek Salad so much that I made it again the very next day, adding leftover sausages to make it a bit heartier, and served it alongside greens from our garden. Such comforting food.

Now it’s time for a rest as the rain begins to fall and the goats all rush to hide under the house until the storm passes.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend. xo

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Krista - I highly recommend the ten hours of sleep, Maureen. 🙂 I had another last night and it helped tremendously. xo

Krista - It sure is, Tandy. What a difference it makes. 🙂

Krista - It is such a great thing to all cook from one book, Nancy. That way we get to taste a whole bunch of things at once and decide what we want to make over again. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Charlie. I’m pretty sure I have glandular fever again, so I’m trying to rest a lot and that is helping. 🙂 Hope you get a good rest very soon. xo

Krista - It’s actually just a pillow, Jan, and no, I don’t make them. I’d sure like to though! I love the pattern. 🙂

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - It’s good that you know to look after yourself when you’re not feeling well. Nurturing yourself early will get you back on track quickly. I can’t remember 10 hours of sleep – I must try that.

I love the idea of your cookbook meals.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - rest is so important. love the idea of the cooking club 🙂

Nancy | Plus Ate Six - What a great idea for your cooking club to all cook from one book. I’m glad to read you’re taking care of yourself and surrounding yourself with good people x

Hotly Spiced - You’ve changed your commenting system! I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been well but how lovely to have 10 hours sleep. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately and having about half that amount. Would love to have a really long sleep. That meal you made with the sausage looks really comforting and nutritious xx

budget jan - Is that a pot mat you have the spoons resting on? Do you make and sell them by any chance? Tomatoes straight from the plant are divine.

Krista - It is working well, Tracy. I’m feeling better and stronger, bit by bit. xo

Tracy A. - You seem to have whipped up the perfect recipe (sleep, craft, friends) to get back on your feet!

Krista - He’s my hero too, Julia. 🙂 Every time I’m needing inspiration, I can turn to one of his books or dvds and my creativity is renewed. 🙂

Turkey's For Life - Sounds like you’re feeling better now, Krista, which is good news. Love the finger knitting – you’re so talented – and also love that you cooked from River Cottage, too. We have all Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s books. He’s our hero! 🙂

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