Friday, March 9, 2012

Lamp Chops, Steamed Ribboned Zucchini and Snow Peas, Orange Mushroom Sauce, and Wild Rice

Dear Winter,

I have to be honest: I’m quite disappointed with you this year. Where are the wind chill factors of negative twenty, the thick blankets of white snow, the wet sidewalks? Where are the slippery roads, the bare trees coated in ice, the stinging sensation of cold air? Where are you, Winter? I mean, it's really cool to say that I'm so Canadian that I wear skirts, sans stockings, home from school because that's just how warm it was that afternoon when there were kids on the fields in shorts and t-shirts playing frisbee. But really, all I want is one big snowstorm before Spring arrives so that I might be able to go tobogganing and cross it off the list. Just think of how unhappy I'll be next year if it doesn't snow enough and I'm forced to slide down a grassy hill on a plastic mat. 


I’m a Winter baby, born and bred in the cold weather. I live for snow days and hot chocolate. I want to go tobogganing and skiing and snowboarding. But there’s nothing, not even a light dusting of that magical white stuff on the floor. It’s bare, wet, muddy, gross.


Why wasn’t there snow on the ground the night I went to semi formal? If there had been snow, you can bet your icicles that I would have worn my combat boots. Instead, it was a balmy plus five degrees that night, so I decided to wear my killer three-and-a-half-inch heels. Like all the worst injuries, I’m not even sure how, but I managed to twist sprain hurt my ankle. Thanks a lot, Winter.


And then I couldn't go snowboarding with the family (my dad still likes to pretend that there is snow, but I’m on to you, Winter) the next day. It was already a sad fact that there was no snow on the ground, but hey, I’ll settle for the fake stuff that the machines spew out on the ski hill if it means I can snowboard. But to twist my ankle as well? Winter, you haven’t been very good to me lately.


No matter, I forgive you, Winter, because since I had to stay home, I got to cook Lamp Chops, Steamed Ribboned Zucchini and Snow Peas, Orange Mushroom Sauce, and Wild Rice for dinner. It was so, so good, Winter, and we didn’t save any for you. But don’t worry, I’ll make you some hot chocolate next time you decide to grace us with your presence.


Hurry up, it’s almost Spring.

Kyleen

19 comments:

  1. That looks so good. I love lamb. And we had no winter either. I don't normally experience winter, but this was the warmest year I can remember.

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  2. So sorry that winter is so flaky up there. We miss winter down here in TX but today it's been cold and super rainy. I am all snuggled in and it feels like winter out there. Your lamb chops look beautiful! I am dreaming of Easter dinner and some sort of lamb dish.

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  3. What a beautiful dish with great flavor combinations! This all looks so mouthwateringly delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Hi ! how are the university applications and decisions going?

    high heels are SO pretty, but they are a pain to walk in :(

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  5. I'll send you any winter weather we get. I'm not interested in any. What I want is that pile of ribboned zucchini!

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  6. Everything on your plate looks delicious. Great dinner!

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  7. i'm pretty okay with not really having a winter...but i'm a spring and fall fiend through and through.

    Except for yummy delicious meals like this. I can accept winter if it's full of them.

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  8. You have the classiest taste in food...

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  9. LOL - this looks like a delicious dinner. I am a summer baby, so I would be happy to skip the snowstorm.

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  10. Wow, I am also born in winter but feel quite different. It is a relieve that it is finally getting warmer again. ;)

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  11. Aw, you're so cute! I'm a winter baby, too! This meal looks ultra scrumptious, Kyleen!

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  12. wow! I love all the fresh flavors in this!

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  13. Love lamb - it's quite expensive in France so I don't buy it as much as I'd like :( Those look like some massive chunks of lamb - real nice, and that sauce sounds especially enticing!

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  14. what a lovely dinner! everything sounds delicious

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  15. I gotta say, the whole she-bang of a description of the meal is wonderfully scrumptious! I bet winter is angry at you for not leaving him any.

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  16. haha i'm the opposite. I'm a summer baby. I just want to curl up in bed and moan in winter. the days are short and I want my sun!

    the food looks incredible, I'm always amazed that you're just a high school junior!

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  17. I am very intrigued by the mushroom orange sauce.

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  18. this sounds fabulous and I totally know what you mean about this winter - it almost makes me not so excited about spring ):

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  19. Hi Kyleen
    You are a gifted writer! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post re: winter. Your 5degrees C is 41 degrees for me...and that's a very cold winter day where we live (In Florida). I missed having lots of cool days here this year...I turned the heat on only one day. I just hope this weather pattern doesn't breed too many hurricanes...
    J

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