I'm not sure why, but this time of year I always start to feel a certain sense of melancholy. It's not sadness per se, just a sense that the long days are over and the hunkering down now begins.
Perhaps it would be less marked if I was willing to keep the house a few degrees warmer. I've gone from shorts and tank tops to 4 layers of fleece in remarkably short order!
And I'm sure that swing state politics aren't helping my mood any!
I harvested everything I could before the freeze - mostly tomatoes and squash, but a few peppers & eggplant too. There are 2 boxes of tomatoes ripening and waiting to be made into sauce, which is a good thing because I just finished using up the marinara from last year's harvest. And the zucchini & pumpkin bread bake-a-thon is in full swing - although I fear I still have 5 gallons of pumpkin & squash puree in the deep freeze from last year!
You know, I think there's a fine line between "abundance" and "overwhelmed." I like cooking and freezing, I just hate having to do it all NOW, if you know what I mean. And I'd really, REALLY like to have my kitchen back.
But I got inspired by some ratatouille that my step-mom made last week, so I decided that would be a good way to use up a bunch of stuff... but somehow I couldn't bring myself to stand over the stove sauteing it all. So I decided to try a ratatouille-inspired veggie roast with some chicken thrown in for protein.
It turned out fabulously, and I think I may try this method for making sauce - I'll try one batch at least and see how bothersome the tomato skins are once pureed. Honestly, the thought of standing over the stove blanching and peeling tomatoes for hours on end just sounds like more than I can handle at the moment.
Does anybody else out there get the autumn blues?
Anyhow, here's the soundtrack that keeps running through my brain, just in case you wondered what's going on in there...