Here’s Elena on what the light looks like during her favorite meal of the day:
Bright sun, shining on my face, forearms, and hands. After a life of city living, I now live in a rural place—a cottage, just feet away from a river tributary. When I moved in, one of the first things I bought was a tag-sale picnic table. Because I work from home, I sit outside every lunchtime that the weather permits. Lunch outside on a workday is a salad (often with beets from my garden and local goat cheese). Al fresco dining is one of the ongoing joys of my life: fresh figs or rosewater ice cream on a Cypriot beach; handpies or kiofte on the park grounds of a stately home just outside of London; bread and cheese beside a covered bridge in Vermont; and falafels or bialys from a vendor on a New York sidewalk.