We were in Costa Rica over a year ago. The most memorable and delicious meal was one that we had in Puerto Viejo, which is on the Caribbean side of the island. We left our hostel and walked down a very dark road, heading for a place to eat that ended up being closed. We gave up and went straight back to our hotel. The speeding cars, motorbikes, and howler monkeys were freaking us out in the dark. We went to a small restaurant right across from our hostel, on the beach. At that point, we had been in Costa Rica for about ten days and I wanted anything that didn’t come with rice and beans. So, I went for a seafood soup called “rondon” that sounded pretty good. It ended up being great.
I find my cravings so predictably in tune with the change of seasons. The weather has started getting colder, mornings and evenings are darker, and there are only a few stubborn, golden leaves left on the trees. All I want to do is warm my hands and bathe my face in steam that’s gently rising from my mug of tea or a hearty bowl of soup. So, when I went grocery shopping this past weekend, I knew that the vast majority of the vegetables I was buying were headed toward a hearty, healthy, filling soup that I could have for lunch all week long.
This used to be the meal that we reserved for the most special of occasions. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it’s chock-full of seafood, making it feel extra-special. In fact, if you go to the about page on this website, you will see the last time (until today) that I got to enjoy this meal (look how happy I am!). You may be asking yourself: Sami, why haven’t you made this for a whole year if it is so utterly tasty? Haven’t there been occasions that need celebrating? Of course! The reason that it is no longer on our rotation at home is a result of… the incident.
Pretty much every week, my boyfriend makes his lunch for the week. Typically (90% of the time?), it is some sort of stew type concoction with meat that he eats over egg noodles. Chicken paprikash and beef bourgignon are on the rotation quite frequently and while I definitely don’t crave meat, I feel sad that I can never eat his cooking and I also feel like good stews are lacking from my life. The first place that my mind goes when I think of vegetarian stew is mushrooms. While I know it is not the most original choice, it is certainly delicious and smelled insanely satisfying as it was cooking, especially in this ‘spring’ weather (-10 and snowy, hooray!) that we are having.