Inspiration. Or lack Thereof. ~ Nik Snacks

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On 9:04 PM by Nikki @ NikSnacks in , , , ,    7 comments
I feel like a fraud.

I didn't cook anything today.

Or yesterday. Unless you count the microwaved popcorn I ate for snack.

I have been struggling with trying to get inspired by fall foods. I usually eat seasonally, but nothing has me titillated at the Farmer's Market. I've been going every day, piddling around, hoping to find a shred of inspiration. Nothing.

Not to knock you all, my fellow food bloggers, but I haven't seen many inspirational pieces from y'all either. I bought a pomegranate the other day & I love them, so maybe something will jump start my heart about creativity in the kitchen.

So far, the only two things I have to look forward to are: a) Beaujolais Nouveau in two weeks or so & b) Thanksgiving.

a) Every year, I attend a party where Georges Dubouef's finest is served with cheese, crackers, & fancy desserts of which I've never heard. Due to the economic crisis, the only party I will be attending is the Democratic one, because the event has been cancelled.

b) Thanksgiving is my time to shine. It's my #2 holiday, behind Easter. Screw Christmas. Give me Thanksgiving. I'll post more about this special day later...

This post is supposed to be about my un-inspirational bout with food.

Apple Fennel Salad
4 tart apples, sliced 1/16" (I use granny smith)
1 fennel bulb, sliced 1/16"
1/4 to 1/2 cup fennel fronds, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
salt & pepper to taste

This is as much inspiration as I can muster right now. Sorry.

It tasted good though. Crunchy, fresh, anise-y, citrusy.

Well, I did feel inspired by something today. Please, read, if you like.


Darius T. Williams said...

LOL - it's okay - I told you - just cook what comes...if it's fall foods then good - if not, who cares - lol...break the rules!


kat said...

I'm so different the change in seasons has re-inspired me because I can cook in a whole new way. I was so tired of warm weather cooking

Little Towhee said...

I'm not the most knowledgeable cook, but are persimmons still in? I'd love to see you do something with persimmons. . . a main dish? A side dish combo? An ice cream?

I had a salad with persimmon last year at the G'boro Lucky 32 that was wonderful. Made me wonder why I neglected the persimmon tree in my folks' front yard all those years.

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

D: You're right. You are so right. So if I want stone crabs in July, be damned...I should get some!

Kat: & you do such a great job cooking seasonally, too. I hate cold weather with a passion & I think I'm letting that get the best of me and stomp out any creativity I have.

Little: You're right. There are still some persimmons hanging around. I'll look for some when I go to the market this weekend.

I haven't eaten one since I was like...10. I was told not to eat any off the tree before they were ripe. Did I listen? LOL, No. I put a few in my little Hello Kitty purse & by the time we traveled from my aunt's house in Eastern NC to Winston, they'd ripened & burst in my purse.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I'm with Darius. If this salad shows a lack of inspiration, then it would seem scary when you are inspired. I'm a fennel nut!

sarahsouth said...

i rarely used fennel but you have inspired me! yum

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

rachel: thanks for the sweet comment. That's encouragement enough to go to the kitchen & cook up a storm.

sarah: really? Yay! Make sure you come back & tell me what you make :)