I’m told on good authority, the new year is here. 2013 arrived all bright and shiny well over a week ago now.
And where am I? Running behind the mainstream, as usual; getting there in my own sweet time.
I must confess….. I am a slow starter in most every new year. I can rarely even blame an exuberant New Year’s Eve celebration as the cause. I guess that’s just the way I approach new things; with guarded curiosity.
Like most new years this one has found me pausing to sweep out the old before I jump into the new. I have been collecting items to donate to Goodwill as I try to lighten my load in the pursuit of simplicity.
Stirring a pot of Black-eyed Peas on New Year’s day I began to shift my focus from rich menus and pretty confections to simple ingredients, simply prepared. It feels good to choose a few vegetables at the market, wash them, trim them and very simply apply heat to bring out their natural goodness.
This roasted asparagus is an example. It is beautiful and so easy to prepare. It can scarcely get any simpler than this.