|It is fun to sit around our little Chiminea|
with a glass of red and just chat.
YAWN ....... folk are talking about the weather again. Shallow meaningless chatter. Meh.
Well, it might be a shallow and meaningless conversation nowadays, but once upon a time the weather was a vital subject....the difference between starving to death or living.
|Watering the pumpkin seeds. Waiting for seeds to sprout is|
such a trial for someone as impatient as I.
Isn't it interesting how consumerism has reduced weather-talk to just a topic of idle chatter for the bored. It isn't even a topic of remote interest for any positive reason except for perhaps a trite "I hope the farmers are getting some of this...".
The weather is just a nuisance these days, that natural element that we have to endure whilst scooting from our air-conditioned, dehumidified house to a climate controlled office. Even the washing is of no consequence as everyone has clothes dryers and uses them regardless of the weather pattern. So many food plants are grown in hot houses that are artificially climate controlled year-round (...have you ever seen the green houses in Almeria in Spain? Google it and be shocked). Most of the other meaningful stuff in our world is made from plastic or other oil derivatives which can be drilled for and pumped out of the ground in any weather.
|First caramelise your onions....|
Commercial Lean Six Sigma greenbelts would oust the natural weather patterns as inefficient and counter productive if they could....way too much dead time between growing seasons which affects profitability and consumer supply and demand cycles. There is nothing positive to be said about the weather and its cycles in the context of modern living.....it messes up sports events, hairdos, vacations and road visibility. Oh wait - there is something that is positively impacted by the weather in the modern world - silly me, why didn't I remember....the fashion industry. It loves the four seasons and milks them for all they are worth (billions of our dollars I hear).
|Then make your pastry from|
scratch and cut into circles...
|Place into tart tins whilst cutting|
up Camembert cheese.
(this recipe will not work unless
you drink a glass of red!)
In many ways the weather is the last remaining bastion of realism that reminds modern folk that food production relies on water, that plants rely on seasons and that life is best experienced with a cycle of contrasts. Once upon a time most folk knew what all the types of clouds were and what they meant. Folk used to have barometers hanging up in the hallway or next to the clock to see changes in weather. Most importantly everyone used to know why weather was important and how it directly related to local food production and community abundance. Now unfortunately, if the crop fails we just buy it in from the other side of the world....at half the price.
|Cook in the oven and serve warm.|
French sweet caramelised onion
tarts topped with melted Camembert
and fresh parsley.
The taste is a revelation!
Time to educate ourselves on the weather again me thinks. Let's go and buy ourselves rain gauges...that might be a fun way to start.
Take care folks and stay nice.