When I think of winter comfort food, chili comes to mind. Ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese. Bubbling hot lasagna.
Salad? Uh, not so much.
But, that's what's growing in my garden.
Five different types of lettuce:
(Lolla Rossa leaf lettuce, Paris Island Cos romaine lettuce, Tom Thumb butterhead lettuce, Salad Bowl lettuce, and Yugoslavian Red butterhead lettuce)
All together, they make a wonderful salad.
It may not be the usual winter comfort food, but I take comfort in the thought that my salad was freshly picked just 10 minutes prior to eating it. Surely, that does a body good!
So, my new winter comfort food is - salad!
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Your lettuce looks good. It is winter comfort food in Texas because we can't grow lettuce in the summer!ReplyDelete
I know - I so wish we could grow lettuce here in the summer when it's hot - it would taste so refreshing then!Delete
To have some produce and veg to eat fresh at this time of the year is a nice bonus!ReplyDelete
I am glad to have a fall garden that may last through the winter. We really can grow vegetables year round here!Delete
Holley, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful salad. I prefer the rose salad (Lolla rosa) with tomatoes, cucumbers, some garlic etc. Nice to have fresh vegetables in winter!ReplyDelete
The lolla rosa is so pretty! It looks just as pretty growing as it does on a plate!Delete
I love salad so it's good anytime but understand the desire for all those warm foods. :)ReplyDelete
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I guess it's more psychological than anything, since it's still quite warm here. But, soups and stews taste so much better in the winter than in the summer, no matter the temperature outside (at least to me, anyway!).Delete
Healthy! what a nice little bit of green in the winter!ReplyDelete
I am happy to have them growing. I have been buying lettuces at the grocery store, and now I don't have to! Wahoo!Delete
Salad defiantely grows better when the days are cooler! In mid summer when salad is all I want to eat it is too hot for it to grow! They say that in fact it doesn't matter if food is hot or cold the calories are what count in making us warm - Why am I not convinced. ChristinaReplyDelete
Maybe that's why we yearn for all those comfort foods. Macaroni and cheese definitely has more calories than a salad!Delete
All looks so healthy and good for you too.ReplyDelete
Yes, we've been trying to eat healthier so we should be very thankful that they're growing now!Delete
Well you can't grow maccheroni cheese nor lasagna in your garden, can you? And at the end of the day salads are definitely much more healthy! ;-)ReplyDelete
haha - I bet almost every child in the world would grow a garden if they could grow macaroni and cheese! :)Delete
I love salad all year round :). Your lettuce look amazing. I've just yanked most of mine out because it is bitter and not doing well. I think it might be too hot here for lettuce now.ReplyDelete
It is too hot here for lettuces most of the year. Just this sweet time during fall/early winter, or late winter/early spring, depending on how cold the winter gets.Delete
Your lettuces look great. My comfort foods are things like potato pancakes, pot roast, spaghetti ... yours looks much healthierReplyDelete
Oh, yes, pot roast, spaghetti....yum....the list could go on and on! :)Delete
How about a warming lettuce soup ? There are recipes on the internet.ReplyDelete
I've never even thought of that! I'm going to look that up and give it a try! Thanks for the suggestion!Delete
I love harvesting greens from the garden right before eating them. They always taste sweeter to me when they're that fresh. Parris Island Cos is one of my favorites of the Romaine-type lettuces. We're prone to occasional warm spells here over winter, but it seems very slow to bolt compared to some other varieties. Hmmm, now I'm thinking about a salad for lunch...ReplyDelete
Our weather has been so variable lately. I forgot to cover them one night, and my butterheads show a little damage. I think the other lettuces fare much better in light freezes. It's hard to find a lettuce that is slow to bolt and will withstand the cold, too!Delete
Salade tiede? We're vegetarian so I've made it with fried mushrooms, but you could do whatever - fish, chicken ...ReplyDelete
I had never heard of salade tiede, but I looked it up and it sounds delicious! I'm definitely going to give it a try! Thanks!Delete
Salad at every meal here, and fresh is always the best. Today's salad had fresh raspberries, pecan shaving, mixed greens and homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing. You have some fine looking lettuces there, ready for different types of salads.ReplyDelete
We have salad more often than not, but if I could grow enough, we would have salad at every meal, I think. It just goes with anything and everything. Your salad sounds delicious! I love that you can either make a salad sweet or savory, depending on what you add to it.Delete
Yes, its backward. Lettuce should grow in the summer. Add pot roast and homemade soup to the list of winter comfort foods.ReplyDelete
I always crave lettuces in the summer, but it is just too hot here. So, I guess I'll just eat them when they're available. I've been having a lot of homemade soup lately. You're right, roast and soup are wonderful comfort foods!Delete
Yum! Greens at any time of the year are fabulous! :)ReplyDelete
You're right - anything fresh is good no matter what time of year it is!Delete
My favourite food too! I love all the mixed salad leaves and spinach together.ReplyDelete
I love to mix all the different lettuces and spinach together, too. I rarely eat a salad with just one type of lettuce, even if I have to buy the lettuces. That's why I'm growing 5 different types. Plus, they're so pretty! :)Delete
I love that you can grow salad now and it looks so yummy....ReplyDelete
It really has been wonderful to have fresh lettuce, and not have to buy it at the store anymore!Delete
Very nice! I did not plant any edibles this autumn, but I have some self-sown lettuce from the spring that is popping up here and there in the garden beds! I'm letting it grow on its own to see if it will be tough enough to withstand our normal winter lows (20s? Teens?) unprotected.ReplyDelete
Good luck with your self-sown lettuce. I think lettuces are quite durable, but it will be an interesting experiment to see how low they will be able to take the temperatures dropping down to!Delete