Staring at the ceiling of our bedroom, I was feeling restless, my mind going through the chores and tasks of the new day ahead. Sleep did not fancy coming back to me no matter how I tossed and turned. Not wanting to disturb the household I tiptoed into the kitchen to fix myself a strong cup of coffee.
Cradling the steaming mug of coffee between my hands I walked out onto the patio of our back garden and made myself comfortable on one of the wooden deck chairs. The quiet and solitude are like balsam to my bustling mind, massaging the anxiousness slowly away. Suddenly my senses are alert, awakened by the beauty of the new season.
Spring has arrived, bedecked like a young virgin ready to seduce the senses of those who venture into her embrace. The air is heavy with the perfume of fresh moist soil, dispersing its sweet, redolent scent, which lingers in a hazy mist just above the earth. The sun begins its rise, slowly emerging over the grassy knolls in the horizon, setting the sky on fire in colors of flaming red and orange.
I feel selfish to be hoarding this undisturbed, breathtaking beauty in which I hide. I watch as the sky glows in the dark, the sun rays reaching into the mist, warming it and like the veil of a bride, lifting it and kissing the ground below.
Soon the air is alive with a symphony of bird songs, singing in nature’s orchestra in perfect harmony. The warm breeze blows ambrosial fragrances of early blooms from the fields below, while busy bees begin their day dashing from flower to flower gathering the early morning nectar. Lucid droplets of moisture on the new buds reflect the majestic butterflies as they gently glide noiselessly over the flowerbeds.
This incredible scene unfolds within a matter of minutes before my eyes and the beauty resonates inside of me. Spring is the time for new beginnings. It creates inspiration, stimulates creativity and arouses the imagination and just like we open the windows wide, letting the fresh breezes of Spring ban musty old Winter from our houses, we allow Spring to reach deep within us and to extract and invigorate our senses that seem to have been dormant in the darker months of the year.
For now the restlessness inside of me seems to be sidetracked and I know that given time I’ll get back into the swing of things.
Last summer just before leaving on vacation to Norway I made a Lemon and Herb Risotto with Balsamic Roasted Asparagus and described summer in a very similar manner to this post. Little did I know that the lemon and herb risotto would connect me with a new friendship. While we were in Bergen we met with Kjersti who chanced upon my blog in search of a risotto recipe. Both our families spent a fantastic day in Bergen together and we’ve been in touch ever since. Next week Kjersti and her family will finally be visiting us in Weimar for a few days. We’ve been planning since Christmas! I cannot wait to see them again and enjoy a few relaxed Spring days together. We’ll be sipping wine, barbecuing, and creating Indian-Norwegian-German-Icelandic (Kjersti’s husband in from Iceland) fusion food together.
As it was a risotto that brought us together it only seems appropriate that I celebrate their arrival with a risotto. An elegant risotto, refined with Riesling wine and earthy notes of leek and bacon. Simple yet very satisfying.
These are often the simple but fulfilling dishes I like making when good friends come around. The message lies heavily on comfort, relaxation and feeling at home. Furthermore, in my opinion a risotto is a wonderful way to get your friends into the kitchen and everyone pitches in,.Bottles of wine are opened and tasted, laughter and ideas flow freely and then when we finally all sit down together there is that ultimate feeling of being surrounded by loved ones close enough to enter your kitchen and prepare a meal with you.
Plate to Page
Over on the Plate to Page blog we are currently featuring one very creative photographer who has inspired me from the early days I began with food photography. Come on over and meet Sabra Krock as she shares some awesome detail and insight into the world of food photography and styling in her post It Happened Organically.
I’ll be taking a little break next week, but if I do get around to it, I certainly will share a few virtual appetizers of the food we cook up and scenery we take in. Have a great week and cook up a feast!
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