The sights along the streams at this time of year are at times indescribable. Words are hard to come by when one observes nature at her finest. What may look like a dead weed is actually life renewing. Those puff balls that blow in the winds are replenishing. But as awe inspiring as the sights are the sounds surpass them. The swift flows of water as they try to complete their task of reaching the oceans. The birds also are vocal, perhaps not as boisterous as those calls of spring but they still can be heard.
On a recent outing I experienced these sights and sounds.
Time does not stand still out here. Observe now for tomorrow it will be gone.
"Life"...I observed this bee riding on a leaf of autumn. He balanced himself for what was a long time. Then he lifted off into flight to land where I do not know.
Stuffed chicken breast Italian style. Highly seasoned spinach, garlic, salt, olive oil, crushed red pepper and Pecorino cheese. Sliced thin the chicken breast is stuffed with the spinach filling and is rolled up tightly. It is held closed with tooth picks and then sauteed in olive oil. When lightly browned it is placed into a fine tomato sauce and allowed to simmer in the sauce for a couple of hours minimum. It can be served with pasta or a "good" crusty bread.
Italian meat stew...thin sliced pork, chicken, and Italian sausage.
OK, my glands were salivating when I saw the chicken breast Italian style right up to the spinach. I'd have to leave that out. Don't do spinach. The "bee" is actually a Wasp. My guess is a Ground Wasp. Have their hives in a nest in the ground. You happen upon one (as I did on Silver Fork a few years back) you'll find they have no sense of humor. Took me about 1/4 mile for them to stop chasing me. Nasty little buggers.ReplyDelete
Mark I'm not a fan of plain steamed spinach, but seasoned like I do it man it's so tasty. Those ground dwellers are short tempered, and i was looking all around for possible nest mates.
Brk Trt, you're making me hungry!! It all looks delicious. We actually just brought our crock pot up from the basement a week or so ago, and it will stay upstairs on our kitchen counter until next may. We cook comfort food and such in it at least once a week at a minimum....PhilReplyDelete
Phil, comfort is key and a crock pot and some simple ingredients can make for a special cold weather meal. Enjoy them...
Yellow jackets are nothing more than sociopaths with wings, but that one seems to have an adventurous soul. Still, it's a shame he didn't tumble off his ride and become a trout snack. Unlike Mark, I could put spinach in almost everything and enjoy it. Lunch looks mighty tasty, Alan.ReplyDelete
Mike the trout would take him in a second. Spinach mixed with your scrambled eggs is a breakfast that will keep you going. I'm waiting for "Popeye" to chime in.
Just beautiful. The pictures, the food, the ideas, and the words.ReplyDelete
Keith I appreciate your comment.
Bon appetit but beware of the yellow jackets ..ReplyDelete
Armando thank you sir...and yes I do keep an eye out for those yellow devils.
For me, one of the most exhilarating sounds in nature is the mountain or lowland stream. I have often gone to sleep in our spring on our back porch listening to the sound of our two rock fountains. That's the closest I get nowadays to the sounds of the streams I waded as a boy in Mississippi. Sorry for the long rant, but the image of the stream got me reminiscing.
By the way, the bee image is another one that deserves a frame!! Great post---thanks for sharing
Bill water has a soothing effect on both the body and the mind. These effect can do so much good with so little effort. Take advantage of it my friend.
Great photos, Alan! It is indeed a wonderful time of year as we transition into the long night season. Love the picture of the bee taking a leaf boat ride. That Italian stew is right in my wheelhouse. Go Sox!ReplyDelete
Sam the long nite season is what we have to pay for the glorious season that's upon us now. Enjoy it buddy.
I'm gonna try that stuffed chicken breast, Alan. Sounds easy and delicious. Thanks for the tip.ReplyDelete
John your going to love it.
A few great ingredients and easy to make...
OMG forget the fish, get the Chianti!ReplyDelete
Kevin I'm in your court.
The picture of the sailing wasp, beautiful..!ReplyDelete
Lars it was as if it had posed for his moment of fame.
Back at you...
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