I don’t know about where you live, but in MY part of the world, it’s already getting p-r-e-t-t-y cold out.
Especially in the morning.
There was actually frost on my windshield when I left for work this morning. F-R-O-S-T, I tell you.
I even had to wear a coat.
AND I flicked the switch to my car’s heated seats to the ON position for the first time of the season, too.
While we’re on the subject of heated seats… Aren’t they like THE GREATEST INVENTION EVER? I mean, I would simply LOVE for every seat in the world to give me the option of gently warming up my behind at the flick of a switch when I’m frozen to the bone. I find there’s something particularly comforting about this heating method: it almost feels like the heat is completely embracing you from the inside out. Almost like taking a bath, but without the water. Oh bliss!
Alright, call me weird. What can I say? I loooooove heat!
But you know what?
In a little over a week, I won’t give so much of a darn about the chilly mornings here in Quebec, or even about heated seats, for that matter. I will be keeping my butt warm in a completely different way: I will have both my feet well planted in the sand of some beautiful (and familiar) sunny Cuban beach.
For a full week, I’ll be disconnecting completely, turning my own personal switch to OFF as I spend some time relaxing in beautiful Cayo Largo. And trust me, when I say turn my switch to off, I mean turn my switch to off. There really isn’t much to do there but sit back, bask in the sun and enjoy the present moment. They don’t even have Internet access, or just as well. I hear they just got Wi-Fi installed, but they charge you $8 an hour to use it. And judging by everything else there, it HAS to be slow as hell. At that rate, I think I’ll pass…
Still, I like this place so much, it’ll be my 3rd time visiting and I wouldn’t mind going back every year. It’s clean, it’s quiet, the staff is super nice, the food is good, and it costs close to nothing to stay there.
What’s there not to like?
Don’t worry, though, I’ve got you guys covered. I shall not let you hang dry while I’m gone.
This year, I decided to ask a handful of my favorite bloggers to cover for me in my absence and trust me, when you see the total awesomeness of what I’ve got lined-up for you, you won’t even miss me for one second. Who knows, you might even wish that I’d been gone longer… 😉
Until then, since most of us have no choice but to deal with the harsh reality of Autumn slowly taking over, bringing breezy, chilly days and the inevitable temperature drops that come with it, I give you this beautiful, comforting and warming Tomato and Olive Braised Pork Shoulder recipe.
It’s very tasty and it’ll do your soul a world of good, I swear.
An yeah, I know… It won’t be long until I too, crave these kinds of dishes. In fact, as soon as I return from Cuba, I plan on installing the Christmas lights on my house, before it gets REAL cold out and snow starts to fall.
But hey, I’d rather not talk about this now.
Go make some stew, guys.
Winter can wait a little bit longer…
Brown the meat real good on all sides
In go the vegetables, olives and tomatoes
Meat goes back in
After spending a few hours basking in the oven
Would you care for a plate?
Just look at that beautiful, tender and juicy meat…
Now imagine the flavor!