Soon they were all sitting on the rocky ledge, which was still warm, watching the sun go down into the lake. It was the most beautiful evening, with the lake as blue as a cornflower and the sky flecked with rosy clouds. They held their hard-boiled eggs in one hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other, munching happily. There was a dish of salt for everyone to dip their eggs into.
‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,’ said George.
~ Enid Blyton, Five Go Off in a Caravan
It is not sunset, but it is time to stop for a picnic lunch and relax before our next hike. Although we weren’t able to complete the entire Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail, we still managed to hike for a few hours, rock hopping and wading through the stream that was the trail. (See last week’s Thursday Travels if you’re not sure what I’m going on about.) A little rest and refueling were in order. I agree with George. Food does taste better when I’m eating it outdoors.
There is a beautiful spirit breathing now
Its mellowed richness on the clustered trees,
And, from a beaker full of richest dyes,
Pouring new glory on the autumn woods,
And dipping in warm light the pillared clouds.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of hits on my blog as a result of this search: Freezing broccoli without blanching. I have become the expert (heh) on this subject ever since I posted Freezing broccoli back in 2008. Every year around this time, people who want to freeze broccoli without going to the trouble of blanching it start searching around for someone to tell them it’s okay to do that.