When we bought our house this spring, one of my first thoughts was, “Yes! A backyard! I’m growing melons and peppers and poppies and carrots and beets and sunflowers, etc. this summer!” If you’ve been through the home buying and renovation process (or watched any HGTV ever) you’ve probably already predicted what happened next: about a hundred huge setbacks that go with the territory of remodeling a century old house in disrepair. Oh, and I got pregnant, leaving tiling, floor sanding and painting to Ponny alone. In the end we didn’t move in until August, much too late to start any produce in the backyard. Maybe next year, but I’m guessing we’ll be awfully busy with a new baby!
Fortunately, we live close to many well-stocked farmers markets and grocery stores, so there’s no shortage of fresh, seasonal produce in our house this fall. It turns out that when you make really tasty fruit and vegetable dishes, they’re no less satisfying because someone else did all the tilling and watering to grow the produce. Especially these days, when mustering the energy the cook at all feels like a huge victory. For me, pregnancy fatigue makes college finals fatigue look like a walk in the park. But it’d been months since I’d baked a cake and I couldn’t let the first weekend of fall slip by without whipping one up!