On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently.
|Day 14: I am thankful for our terraces. If we didn’t have them, I guess we would be hanging our heads out the window to get sunshine. We eat out here, play, do lessons, and relax. Our terraces make the lockdown manageable.
Day 15: I am thankful for the one moment in the day that I can come together with my neighbors to thank the healthcare workers. It is such a small gesture to give applause to people we can’t even see. But it’s all I can do. I also applaud the police, the grocery store workers, the sanitation workers, and anyone else who has to show up every day. It is a strange divide to be stuck at home while key workers have to show up every day to work in stressful and uncertain situations. My discomfort at home is nothing compared to that. All I can do to thank them is clap. And pray. Join me now, just take a minute and pray.
Day 16: I love the rain. This morning I went out and sat on the terrace. In the dark. I sipped my coffee and listened to the rain, the wind, and the rustling trees. Later, when the sky lightened, there was thunder. Today, I baked bread, cooked a beautiful lunch, and did a workout. Now I’m being crafty with my kids, with dancing breaks. I am thankful for the rain!
Day 18: I am thankful for the opportunity to get my #workoutcomplete thanks to fitnessblender.com. They have tons of free workouts, including yoga, high intensity interval training, weights, and cardio. Who knows, I just might come out stronger by the end of this quarantine!
|Day 19: I’m thankful for my guitar. I’ve named her Constancia, which means perseverance. At times I’ve wanted to give up because guitar is not easy. I don’t always see the progress. But a little perseverance each day helps me reach my goals, and playing guitar is both relaxing and joyful for me. This is probably my favorite purchase in Spain.|
Paella Valenciana This blog lists the ingredients, and you can view the method in a YouTube video, which is included. I make this regularly, but I often increase the saffron, and I let the rosemary simmer during the whole cooking time, instead of just adding it at the end.
Salmon Steaks I have been loving the affordable salmon here. I loosely follow this recipe, but I only use what I have on hand. Sometimes that’s just salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil and butter. But follow this recipe to a T or just use it as inspiration, and you’ll get a lovely dinner. I love having salmon with asparagus.