I’ve been ‘snowed in’ when I lived in Wisconsin – 24 inches (60cm) of fine, blowing snow followed by temperatures far below zero.
I’ve been ‘snowed in’ when I lived in Minnesota – 2 days of wind and snow, piling the drifts over the cars and half way up the windows on the house.
These were proper blizzards, the kind that, after a full day of shoveling to the car, then shoveling out the car, one still couldn’t go anywhere because: a. the car wouldn’t start because of the cold and b. the snowplows hadn’t cleared the roads.
These were proper snowstorms, leaving drifts and snowbanks high enough that kids could dig tunnels under and cars couldn’t see over.
Then we moved to Ireland. There was half an inch of snow (1.5cm) and the country came to a screeching halt. I can’t say we were snowed in because it was gone by mid-afternoon and we were foolish enough to actually drive in it anyway…. Yes, we are very brave….
We were never snowed in when we lived in Andorra in the mountains. Our neighbor was a ‘bomber’ (fireman / ambulance driver / medic) and our road was always plowed promptly.
We are snowed in.
In case you missed yesterday’s photos:
It’s not that we have a lot of snow…. 4 inches (10cm) is not a lot.
Well, it’s not a lot if you live where snow is the norm; it’s a lot when a light dusting every few years is the norm.
I’ve never seen a snowplow here, although they must have them…. mustn’t they?
Our road isn’t plowed, nor do we expect it to be.
As there is a sharp turn at the base of a small hill, it’s not likely we can simply drive out.
As we no longer live in the mountains or live in snow country we no longer have a 4-wheel drive.
As the temperatures aren’t supposed to get above freezing until the weekend, we are snowed in.
The sun may help… if it’s ever sunny.
The neighbor may decide to put his chains on and drive up the hill – where he would have to stop and take the chains off since they can’t be used on the main roads which are likely cleared now, anyway.
We don’t have chains….. Wouldn’t use them if we did.
We’ll just be snowed in. We have food, firewood and wine.
And still a few butternut squash in the cave…..
This was adapted from a recipe for Lentils and Pumpkin in ‘the food of morocco’ cook book.
1/2 cup small, green lentils du Puy
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups small, cubed butternut squash
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbs parsley
1 tsp oregano
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 tbs tomato paste
2 tsp olive oil
Rinse lentils, put in a small saucepan with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Sauté onion, garlic, paprika, cumin in olive oil in a medium skillet. Add all remaining ingredients, the lentils and cooking liquid. Cover and simmer until squash and lentils are tender, about 20 minutes longer. Add a bit of water if it starts to dry out.
Mon mari and I both agreed that a few drops of green Tabasco finished this off nicely. The Moroccan cook book called for harissa but we all know my wimpy palate wouldn’t handle that.