Thursday our lives looked like this...
We were under a severe tornado watch and warning, and several tornadoes touched down in different areas of our county. Thankfully we just ended up with high winds (the kind where the wind sounds like pouring rain) and severe thunderstorms. We saw some pretty dark and scary clouds though. It was the kind of day best spent inside, so that's what I did. But it reminded me of a snow day back in Maryland, and snow days always made me want to cook and eat! Since we still had power, I got busy in the kitchen.
Earlier in the week I had done a massive clean out in my laundry room. My laundry room is not necessarily big, but it's big enough to be an area that collects junk. We walk through it from the garage to get into our home, so it's easy to become an area where we drop and go. It had gotten so bad and I had been living in denial for a couple of months - well maybe not denial, maybe just sheer "I have no time to deal this" mode - but I finally spent a couple of hours in there and got the place organized! We have a small shelving area in there that stores tools, extra pantry items, small appliances, etc, and while reorganizing everything I went through basket of recipes that I had collected when I was a newlywed.
In that basket I found two recipes I immediately wanted to make. The first was a Cinnamon Bread that my neighborhood pal's mom Peg used to make when we were little. I used to love going to their house when she would pull warm loaves of this bread out of the oven, and remember she would let us make it sometimes as well. I had no idea I even had this recipe!
The second was a Black Eyed Pea Salad from a woman named Janie. Many childhood memories involve her family, and anytime we had barbeques or picnics, she always had delicious food to contribute. I remember trying this salad at a party and asking for the recipe. Again, I had forgotten i had it.
(Isn't it interesting how food is closely associated with memories? That's one of the many reasons I love it!)
Both recipes were as good as I remember. The Cinnamon Bread is the type that comes out with a crispy, crunchy top. Fresh and hot out of the oven, it was perfect for the dark and rainy day! The Black Eyed Pea Salad was savory and tangy. A good, cold side dish - it will be great for summer picnics.
I'll share the recipes with you and hope you enjoy them! Who knows, maybe it will be on your next rainy day! But hopefully not in a tornado. :)