|Fall prefunc meal - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Polenta with summer vegetables - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Truth be told, the lazy days of summer seep into our kitchen -- I just don't want to cook when it's warm out. Bleah, who does? I've been enjoying more meals out or just making simple salads at home. Having a stick-to-your-ribs meal of chicken with vegetables and polenta was a nice kick to the rear for getting ready for fall and winter. I've also been taking advantage of our mint plants, which continue to avoid insect feasts. Everyone thinks of mojitos or juleps for fresh mint cocktails but I've been in a gimlet state of mind, which is sort of like a gin version of a mojito, which is a rum drink, if you've never had the pleasure of one before. Fresh lime juice, some sugar to balance out the citrus, crushed mint leaves and your favorite gin, all shaken up to make a really refreshing summer drink. It's been the perfect ending to a lot of summer days at home, and it tastes even better knowing you're taking advantage of what your garden is providing. Even if your garden still has dinky little green tomatoes and jelly bean-sized strawberries. At least I can drown my gardening sorrows in a minty gimlet.
|Gardening mixed results with a cocktail and hearty dinner to balance it all out - Photos by Wasabi Prime|