Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ode to October

As a child, I didn't like the fact that my birthday fell on the month of October because all anybody ever associates October with is Halloween (also, I thought that the colors orange and black looked horrible together).  But now, I totally embrace October and everything about it, even the frivolity of Halloween.  The weather has cooled, the sunlight is less harsh, school is well under way, and the year's best heirloom vegetables and fruits are being harvested.  It's also the perfect season to treat myself to either a pumpkin latte from Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters (only the best latte in the world) or pumpkin ice cream (from anywhere) - the weather is not too hot for one, and not too cold for the other.  I basically have come to love October for the flavors, scents, sights, and emotions evoked by Autumn.  Thanks Mom, you couldn't have picked a more ideal time of year to birth me.

So for my birthday this year, I requested a family meal in our apartment in Pasadena.  I requested a whole leg of lamb, and I promised to take care of the rest of the sides.  It was great.  I got to cook all of the dark purple potatoes, striped heirloom carrots, sweet fuyu persimmons, plump red figs, and squash that I wanted.  I also made hummus, one of my favorite things to eat, and Wes made a fragrant spinach rice.  My mom brought pomegranates from her yard and Wes's mom had given us the fuyu persimmons from his aunt's yard.  This dinner just gave me all the warm fuzzy feels.  My sister and her boyfriend came all the way from San Diego to have this meal with us.  So, I wanted to make it worth it for them.  What makes me happiest about my birthday is that everyone comes together - be it family or friends or both.  It was just a small gathering this year, but perfectly heartwarming and soulfully delicious, thanks to Wes, the chef extraordinaire and model hubby.

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