Luckily, we survived Sandy relatively unscathed, although we have family and friends who have suffered great damage to their property, but thankfully not themselves. Everyone is safe, and that’s all that matters. Our hearts go out to those who lost everything. And now another storm is on the way…So awful to have to deal with picking up the pieces of your life, and then to have more damaging weather on the way that may prove to be a setback.
We lost our power for 7 days, and have many friends who are still without it. I have to say, I really didn’t mind being without electricity. It was just a minor inconvenience, relatively. We were all together as a family, we were warmed by our fire, we were able to eat thanks to a gas stove, and we had prepared by filling our tub w/ water and having lots of drinking water on hand. I froze a bunch of empty bottles and ziploc bags filled with water and had those in our fridge & freezer, so we didn’t lose alot of food. I did try to cook up what we had, though, which had me feeling sort of inspired in the kitchen.
We all hunkered down in the living room by the fire. So this was pretty much Jay’s post the whole time. tending the fire, getting more wood, throwing on more logs. Here was my post alot of the time…(Here I’m reading the Swan Thieves. I just started the new Kate Morton, the Secret Keeper. Love her books.)
Brussels sprouts take on a certain allure in the candlelight…
I think the food tasted better by candlelight as well. I pretty much winged it with all of the dinners, and everything seemed extra tasty. Normally I cook pork tenderloin (above) in the oven or the grill, but it came out great on the stovetop, seared in a cast irion skillet and then braised in apple cider and onions. I think it will be my new go-to. We also made a giant pot of chicken soup and the wok saw alot of action.
In the evenings, we all sat together by the fire, and felt sleepy so early without tv and the internet to keep us up. I like how life became whittled down to the basics. Warmth, light, food. So thankful to be all together, safe and sound.