The other day someone asked me what I did to relax. It’s an interesting question since what I do to relax and recharge might be someone else’s idea of landing in the seventh circle of purgatory with the flames turned on high. Still I was the one being asked the question so here are my answers:
- Writing (this blog & these letters)
There’s a fair amount of fluidity to what is on or off my relaxation list at any given time, though cooking and reading have pretty consistently had a spot. There’s a chance that some things may make a comeback (beekeeping), while others will decidedly stay in the past tense (running, macramé and reupholstery). It’s my list, so don’t judge.
While cooking is at the top of my list, I realized it didn’t have to be my cooking. I am truly tickled when someone else cooks for me. It’s honestly such a treat, and it happened last night. My husband made us a pot of his Kielbasa Stew to take the chill off.
Shawn’s been making this dish for me since we first started courting over twenty-two years ago. The first time was probably during the blizzard just after we met. While this stew is never the same, it is always delicious. Simple, straightforward food for a cold winter’s night. Serve with a game of backgammon and it’s sure to be a relaxing evening.
Shawn’s Kielbasa Stew
Carrots, peeled and chopped
Potatoes, peeled or not and cubed
Turkey Kielbasa, sliced into discs
Sun Dried Tomatoes, slivered (optional)
Lightly sauté chopped onions in a splash of olive oil and when they become translucent stir in the kielbasa. Put the lid on and let the kielbasa heat up for 5-10 minutes. Then add the broth and vegetables, simmering over low heat until the potatoes and carrots have softened, about 20-30 minutes.
You can add a dollop of horseradish to your bowl if you need a good sinus cleanse. If you like something to dip in your stew add a slice of cheese-y toast. Or plain, cause it’s just dandy as is.
If you’re wondering what the measurements are for this stew you’re out of luck. Shawn doesn’t measure, he just goes by what feels good and what’s in the cupboard. Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be fine!
I’m interested in what you do to relax. Leave a comment below cause I might want to try it, and I promise no judging.
6 responses to “How Do You Relax?”
That stew looks yummy.
Thanks Verónica, it
I’ve decided I don’t know how to relax anymore. LOL. No, seriously–an old hobby that has come back in the past few years is canning. Discovering small batch canning has been great. “Putting up” many jars of jams, chutneys and other treats from May-Oct is fun, then giving lots of it away for Christmas and beyond is even more fun. One friend told me I had a “magical ktichen”–it doesn’t get much better than that!
I think some people relax by doing and others relax by not doing, and it sounds like you’re one of the active relaxers! Part of it may also be that you find satisfaction in creating something. Personally I say, “Hip, hip, hooray for canning!”
I love to garden. Going out for five minutes to feed the compost easily turns into fifteen minutes. It relaxes me, and fills me with ideas and hope for future harvests.
Black gold Sarah – it can be hard to resist!