A Bit of A Pickle = Stress Relief Cooking and Making Food to Give Away

Another pie, another pickle of cucumber, beets and hot pickled green beans; a filled puff pastry with kale, ricotta, smoked turkey; apple pie with apples from the farmers market; date cake; turkey chili.

My senses are overwhelmed. I’ve worked through my anxiety with cooking. Trying some new recipes. And even making some up.

Apple Pie with Farmer’s Market Apples CKatt 2020

I bought a turkey leg at the co-op to bake with a marinade. I made a vegetarian chili with the zucchini and green beans from Alicia’s garden, onion, corn, and added in shredded turkey; plus black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, a smidgen of cumin, and turmeric and oregano.

The kale and ricotta with smoked turkey was made with store bought crescent roll dough. French pastry is beyond my experience. It was really a treat of flavors. The kale was cut up in to small pieces and sauteed with onion in olive oil.

The pies and cake I share with friends. The rest are my pandemonium foods to sustain and keep me sane in the time of Covid, wildfires, hurricanes and…cooking becomes meditation for me.

I have friends who live from Southern Cal to Oregon an Washington state. They keep me up on their situations with the fires. It’s brutal to see. I was planning to see the redwoods again. I read that the redwood trees will recover, but it will take years. Climate change is here.

Great Oak Washburn Fair Oaks Park 8-2020 © CKatt

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.

Have a good week wherever you find yourself.

Be safe.


About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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18 Responses to A Bit of A Pickle = Stress Relief Cooking and Making Food to Give Away

  1. mydangblog says:

    I find cooking to be such a comfort when I’m stressed out–I think I might try pickling some cukes, which I haven’t done for years, but you’ve inspired me!

  2. Everything looks delicious! I too have been cooking during these Covid times. Cooking is something familiar so helps me feel life is somewhat normal during this pandemic.

  3. leggypeggy says:

    It seems like every day is brutal. Glad you found something to ease your anxiety.

    • kunstkitchen says:

      Thanks for stopping by Peggy. I’m thinking of you and Australia’s fires. Hope there’s signs of recovery there? It sure is brutal. Thanks for stopping by. People comments cheer me on.

  4. anne leueen says:

    My husband suffers from a food anxiety which has surfaced during Covid. He is the grocery shopper so we have enough food for the next couple of years. Just kidding but we do have a lot. He does most of the cooking too and I think the shopping and cooking are calming for him. I had not really thought about that before reading your post.

  5. Meanwhile, we in New Orleans, are getting ready for Hurricane Sally to hit us almost dead on. It will be a Category 2 hurricane when it makes landfall. I wish we had some pickled beets. 🙂

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