They say opposites attract and when I consider the relationships in my circle, it seems true. Not for me however. My beloved and I are “two peas in a pod” sharing common interests like a love for the outdoors, good design elements, independent film and a love of food. His comes from a mother with extreme kitchen talent. I, on the other hand, find solace in dishes with deep spices that feed my love of travel even when I’m at home. And, we have common dislikes; poverty, mean people, lost baggage and beets.
But life’s a journey, isn’t it? So imagine our grimace and the tenacity required when our winter CSA contains beets for a minimum of four weeks running. While sharing this aversion, we’ve embraced the beet as a challenge in our journey. We’ve eliminated pickling as an option. Despite our willingness for cold soup, borscht doesn’t work for us. We skate around them in salads, steer them to the side of our dishes after roasting and then finally, ahhhhh. Diligence, perseverance, and continuous re-framing until we hit upon something so interesting and delicious that it can be a centerpiece on our dinner plate.
Nancy Griffith titled one of her songs Trouble in the Fields. The chorus sings “You’ll be the mule. I’ll be the plow. Come harvest time, we’ll work it out. There’s still a lot of love, here in these troubled fields.” It’s about saving a farm during the great depression and it resonates with me due to my Kansan heritage and grandparents who fell victim to those times. But it didn’t deter them from a long and successful journey together. They stuck it out with diligence, perseverance and continuous re-framing.
Valentine’s Day pays homage to Saint Valentine, a Roman priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. As Claudius forbid his military to marry, St. Valentine carried out marriage ceremonies in secret. His actions and his refusal to abandon his faith caused his beheading on February 14th – a journey of love in the face of hardship and oppression and the reason for Valentine’s Day.
What’s your recipe for long-term relationship success?
Happy Valentine’s day to John.
1 – 1.5 lbs beets
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 Tbs grated parmesan
- 1 tsp rosemary, chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat or mesquite)
- 2 Tbs butter