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Lunch at my Aunt and Uncle’s

Recently, my Aunt called to invite me up to their place in the mountains for lunch. She asked if I still ate spaghetti, say, with a simple marinara. I was impressed that such a clearly vegan meal would be questioned. It’s obvious she knows her nephew! ;)

Well, as it turns out, I have gone gluten-free and am transitioning to a higher percentage of raw foods. I feel both are helping with my energy level and brain fog. Only time will tell if this is anything more than a placebo effect, and hopefully, it only gets better.

In answer to my Aunt’s question, I caught myself mid-sentence saying, “I know, I’m getting even harder these days,” and changed it to “Actually, I’m easier than ever. All I need is a big-ass, kitchen-sink, salad,” and offered a panoply of vegetable and fruit suggestions. Her cheerful reply, “Oh, that’ll be easy enough,” was pure joy.

Check out this beautiful spread!

A huge wooden bowl of romaine, bell peppers, red onions, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes. and cauliflower, sprinkled with pine nuts and a good balsamic vinegar. The side dish is a New England classic: baby cucumbers and plain, white vinegar. The red wine (all of us on our second glasses) was just selected from my Uncle’s new wine cellar, an impressive room exhibiting carefully-controlled temperature and humidity.

For dessert, while my Aunt and Uncle baked some frozen raspberry turnovers and topped them with vanilla ice cream, I enjoyed a banana and black coffee. It was a great lunch and a wonderful visit, which included picking out beads from my Aunt’s extensive collection for some necklaces/bracelets she’s making me as a belated birthday gift. Thank you! :)

Oh yeah, I promised to give credit for the photos; they were taken by my Aunt, as I had forgotten to bring my digital camera. I only wish I could show you all the gorgeous views of the lakes, islands, and surrounding mountains from on high.

8 Responses to “Lunch at my Aunt and Uncle’s”

  1. Sierra says:

    That looks like a great salad! I seriously need to get a good salad bowl. None of my bowls are big enough for the salads that my husband and I eat now. I put it in my biggest bowl but I can’t really toss the salad then.

    That big wooden bowl your aunt has looks just perfect, particularly full of that nice salad.

    It is very interesting to me, the comment you made about “caught myself mid-sentence saying, I know, I’m getting even harder these days, and changed it to Actually, I’m easier than ever.” I find that very true for me as well. I feel guilty very often for needing “special” food since I’m also gluten-free and trying to eat CRON. To most people, it seems like there is a lot I CAN’T eat, when I’m amazed every day by the variety of things I CAN eat. Bring on the big salad!

  2. Brooke says:

    Yes, a fantastic looking salad! Must remember to tell people that when I go to visit.

  3. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous…beautifully done photo. Was that salad just for you :)

  4. Erin says:

    I’m glad you all appreciate the salad as much as I did. Deborah, yes, it was mostly for me. They each had a little, but I ended up basically eating about 3/4 of what you see there. :) Sierra, I inquired about the bowl. My Aunt got it from The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen some five years ago.

  5. Em says:

    That salad looks divine….

  6. heather says:

    way to go-that salad looks amazing! I had a similar realization recently as my family and friends have had difficulty with my eating habits-my mother is always trying to figure out what to make-since I’m going raw now it is suddenly so much easier–just make extra salad!!

  7. [...] may recall one of our previous lunches, similarly photographed. Then, the salad was mostly for me, while my Aunt and Uncle had some [...]

  8. Adrian says:

    Normally I hate salad but the way thats been put together I think I can make an exception!

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