Is there such a thing?
Winter's nearly done.
Warmer days are coming. The mercury will climb, I'm told, from 15 degrees to a positively balmy 18, or, even, maybe, 19 by week's end. Ever hopeful. The light has changed. My mood has changed. The garden, neglected as it poured - oh, the rain! - throughout a cool July and colder August, has changed. Overrun with rampant greenery, it needs a dose of attentive, extended weeding. The kind that gets knees and fingernails (and everything else you subsequently touch) filthy.
A generous palmful of preserved lemon - fresh, sharp, sunny - scattered over a dish of lentils last night, woke the slumbering tastebuds in this house. So, post dinner, I soaked a cup of almonds and half that of pepitas in water, drained them over the sink this morning and made Ricki's Raw Almond-Veggie Pate.
With a capital 'M'.