15 Jun Swamped

This is where I am. In a remote stretch of wilderness, ankle deep in murky swamp water with Yodi-knows-what nibbling at my ankles. Only when I say “swamp water” I actually mean “projects” and those pesky ankle biters are really just the “little things” that reproduce without notice all over my To Do list. None of this leaves me time to cook, photograph or blog.

And I have so much to share — like an amazing farm tour complete with a baby pig, a great recipe for Moroccan Grilled Chicken that worked despite my refusal to follow the instructions, and a very special mussels dish fit for a future king. Plus I’ve another cookbook round-up that will send you rushing to the Asian market. But I don’t have the time to write them up — at least not in a way you’d want to read.

So, while I slog through the swamp, I invite you to make yourself at home here. Peruse the recipe index, browse the archives or scan the categories for something that takes your fancy. Heck, brush up on your cooking skills during my absence. Rouxbe Online Cooking School is always open and you can get a free 14-day trial through me because I’m an affiliate. (“Ordinary” people only get 7 days.) With any luck I should be back before your trial expires.

While I make no promises as to when I’ll be back, I’ll drop by the comments section now and again, so feel free to drop me a note (and by “feel free” I actually mean “PLEASE! For the sake of my sanity!”).

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  • Kathryn
    Posted at 12:10h, 15 June Reply

    I am sharing with you the pain of an ever-growing to do list (at home, at work … everywhere). Perhaps it is the time of year. The sunshine beckoning. The longer evenings. The promise of more. I don’t see any relief so I have decided to do what I can and not fuss about about.

    A fellow swamp-dweller.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:51h, 16 June Reply

      Fellow swamp-dwellers unite! I think it’s the time of year and the professional I’ve chosen.

      I hope to be back soon but thought it would be better to tell people I’ll be absent than go AWOL or put of less than quality content.

      Good luck with your lists and keep your feet dry.

  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 21:06h, 15 June Reply

    Oh yes – the swamp – mine has leeches too!
    Hang in – we will drink wine and look back on these as the good old day some time in very far future.

  • Charmian Christie
    Posted at 09:53h, 16 June Reply

    Leeches? For medical purposes only, right?

    I drank wine without you last night. Andrew kept me company so Mom won’t worry about me drinking alone :-) I see a big jug of Sangria in my future… I’ll let you know if my psychic prediction comes true.

  • Siobhan
    Posted at 14:45h, 16 June Reply

    The link for your recipe for spicy cauliflower with cilantro dip is broken. It goes to a sweet potato soup recipe instead.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 15:28h, 16 June Reply

      Thanks for a) perusing the recipe index and b) taking the time to let me know about the errant link.

      The link is fixed now. I really appreciate you letting me know.

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 23:51h, 22 June Reply

    I’ve made myself a very comfy home in the swamp. The key is to just give in and enjoy the murkiness and must. Just don’t drink the water!

    Hang in there.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:03h, 28 June Reply

      Darn! I think I got a mouthful when I first fell in.

      Have slowly pulled myself out of the water and am trudging toward shore. Still have swamp water in my shoes, but am drying off bit by bit. Thanks for the support!

  • Tim
    Posted at 11:59h, 21 July Reply

    I was digging through your Vegan receipts hoping to find something to impress my wife with tonight and came across the picture of the swamp. I am little unclear did you go to the swamp and if so how has that impacted your receipts. Its my understanding they do things quite different in the swamp, well at least my few visits south they seemed quite a bit different.

    I think I am going with the Black Bean Salsa Dip and Spicy Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers tonight. again thanks for the cool receipts

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 17:43h, 09 August Reply

      The quinoa-stuffed peppers are one of my favourites. I hope you and your wife enjoy them.

      The swamp was metaphorical. Bogged down. Emerging soon. Fingers crossed!!!

      Thanks for taking the time to drop me a note. Happy eating.

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