I'm excited for a long weekend to cook, linger over long dinners with family and friends, sleep-in, do some gardening, read, smell my herbs...
For the past few years I've planted pots of herbs in the spring. This year I planted my herb friends a month ago and they're already thriving. I keep the pots right on the back steps and snip as needed to use in my cooking, or when I need some aroma-therapy.
I'm not sure where I come up with these slightly
bizarre odd kinds of therapy, but they help. Really.
Remember my demolition project? Well, sometimes I need a little bit of therapy while I'm lifting those bricks off the wall. There's nothing like a deep whiff of rosemary to keep me going.
A few times lately I've slipped a sprig of basil or rosemary into my bag, brought it to work and put it on my desk. In the middle of a crazy-paced, stress-filled day, I inhale deeply, and instantly I'm reminded of a favorite food or transported to my kitchen where I'm sipping a glass of wine while I cook. Crazy huh?
Certain smells connect me to memories or return me to moments in time. A strong scent will take me to places or people that I love; pungent smells will bring me to places of pain or joy or both.
And then there are people smells. My husband gives off a unique smell--I'm still in love with his scent after 31 years. Ouch! That sounded ridiculously sentimental, but it also happens to be true so I can't take it back. During times when we're snuggling together I'll lean into husband's hairy chest and breathe deeply. I'll want to stay with him--with his scent--for a good, long while, and all that while I'm inhaling and exhaling him. Husband.
And then I give him my one-liner--my smooth, sophisticated, how-did-you ever come up with such a profound statement-kind of line:
Husband, I say, with my nose burrowed into his chest, You smell like you.
Who knows, I may feel the need for some herb-aroma-therapy this weekend. I'm on a mission to use all six of these herb friends in my cooking...
|Rosemary in a sauce or rub or marinate?|
|Basil in a Thai dish or marinara sauce?|
|Chives wedged inside baked potatoes on the grill?|
|Oregano for a marina sauce?|
|Dill for baby carrots?|
|Mint for mojitos!|