I have a friend who lost her sense of smell.
I need all of my senses- I would miss each one to a different degree if I no longer had it. But it is like the olfactory is just a minor sense that we can live happily without, in many people’s opinion.
When my son, Luke, was little he would say, ” Mom, you smell real good”, and I knew he wasn’t talking about my perfume. I DO have a good sense of smell.
I can smell when bread and cookies are done.
I can smell the separate ingredients in a cooked dish.
I can also smell snow and rain and delicate scents that linger in the air around certain flowers.
And I can smell the roses!
Yesterday was a sensory delight for a dedicated smeller like me.
First, I had a friend come over to make potpourri.
She had some flowers she was drying from her son’s wedding and wanted to make a couple of bags of potpourri to share with her new daughter in law and her mother. And I have much potpourri paraphernalia!
So we mixed and smelled and added and stirred and sniffed until she was happy.
I made a couple of lavender wands while I was waiting so I had already had a fragrance fix before she got here.
And then I made some chocolate and spice cookies to have with tea on the porch.
Spicy gingerbread with dark chocolate centers, YUM!
And then I made dinner-
Orzo with cinnamon brown butter and parsley
Makes 8 servings
Perfect for a fall dinner
freshly ground black pepper
fresh flat leaf parsley – chopped
- Cook orzo according to package directions, drain and set aside.
- While orzo cooks melt butter in small skillet and then simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes until golden brown and nutty.
- Remove from heat and stir in olive oil, cinnamon, and pepper.
- Add drained orzo to skillet, scraping bottom to mix in any small brown bits.
- Add parsley and toss to combine.
- Season with salt and serve.
This smells as good as it tastes. And it tastes real good!
And then I made brownies.
I have made many pans of brownies over the years. I have a recipe that makes enough brownies for a crowd that my mother used to make All the time.
I have a recipe for Raspberry truffle brownies that is elegant and rich and deadly.
I have a recipe from a friend that is titled – “best ever brownies”
And they are all good.
So I’m making a huge confession and endorsement when I tell you that my favorite new way of making brownies is……………………………………………………….
I don’t usually talk about brand name products. But these are absolutely worth a try.
So- have you smelled anything good lately?