I went to a contra dance on Monday. I went with my man, who’d never been to a contra, but had been practicing during lonely times at work via YouTube. He was enthusiastic and caught on quite quickly. The musicians were really great and the crowd was enthusiastic, and even though the dances weren’t really beginner-friendly, he caught on really quickly. I sat out one of the dances in the second half and the band played one tune, called Glen Echo Jig, by Larry Unger (I went up and asked when the dance was over). The dance was so lovely and the tune was so happy, and I was so happy to be there. There was also a couple that had a baby in a Baby Bjorn. The baby was so calm, wasn’t fazed at all by all the spinning, and never spit out her pacifier, all while her parents were dancing away! I could see my friend Sarah being those people in another couple years. Anyway, the first jig in this video is Glen Echo, your song for the week! The video also shows what looks like a nice winter hike in the Whites.
In other news, I made some roasted broccoli with this week’s farm share. I followed Alton Brown’s recipe except made one minor change: I roasted the broccoli in a glass pie plate instead of a metal cake pan. Didn’t notice any difference because quite frankly, I was too busy noshing. The toasted Panko was a brilliant addition!
In addition to broccoli, this week’s share also had fava beans, a turnip and its greens, and half a summer squash. Yum! Again, I’m linking up to the What’s in the Box series by In Her Chucks. Check out the other participants here!