From Fiona's former blog Gypsy Journeys
Each year, as Valentine’s Day approaches,
I am reminded of a most memorable dinner.
The sizzling of a succulent sauté arrests my senses as I walk into the small apartment. The synergy of fat, heat, spices, and an iron skillet come together in one popping, heady, aromatic burst. I am not allowed to linger long enough to discern these dreamy scents, nor to sneak into the kitchen to catch a peek of what might be in that pan. Pungent and earthy, the aroma wafts through the room and envelopes me.
“Come on in,” my host tells me with a broad smile as he gently takes off my worn parka and bright scarf. “Have a seat.” What had been a drafty, drab living room during my previous visits has morphed into a warm and cozy nest. White linen has been draped over the thrift shop table, which is adorned with a bottle of Merlot and a clear, hour-glass shaped vase bursting with scarlet roses. Latin and Reggae music play softly in the background. I am seated by my host, who then pours us each a full glass of wine. We toast to the occasion. He winks at me and disappears into the kitchen, assuring me he’ll be right back.
Fiona Simon is the former owner of Fiona’s Natural Foods, aka Fiona’s Granola. After 10 years of running the business, and a year of transition with the new owners, she is now revisiting one of her earliest professions, writing. Fiona’s other passions include travel, cooking, speaking Spanish, being outdoors, and exploring her own personal growth.