June 3, 2015
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” – Nelson Mandela
This morning elixir is a mix of three of my favorite morning drinks: ginger tea, turmeric tea and warm lemon water. It was inspired by the powerful Ginger & Lemon Herbal Tea at Sqirl, which I visited on a recent trip to Los Angeles thanks to Stacy‘s recommendation.
May 13, 2015
“Would you say you’re a curious person?” he asked me. No, not naturally. I love to learn sure but genuinely curious, no. Despite that, I’ve been asking more questions. In an effort to unearth my deepest truth. In an effort to continue to push, to dig, to discover who I really am. When who I believe myself to be, who I used to be, who I hope to be are not only, not one and the same but so entirely far from it. Brought to tears by an answer to this question this week, my reality shifted. How long has there been a disconnect between the me that I know and the me that is reflected into the world for everyone to see? How many steps will I have to retrace to get back to the version of myself I’m proud of? How many equally weighty and important questions have I left unasked? I’m not certain but I’m certainly curious.
This recipe is lightly adapted from Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day by Tara O’Brady of the blog Seven Spoons. Tara has long been an inspiration for me, her blog being one of the very first I ever came across. I remember many years ago going back and forth with Tara on adapting one of her savory pie crusts to a gluten and dairy free recipe in the early days of my experimentation. Her sheer kindness and enthusiasm have always stood out to me. I return time and again to her site, not only for her incredible recipes, but for her very thoughtful and beautifully written words. I highly recommend checking out her gorgeous new cookbook.
April 15, 2015
You know when the right words just seem to find you, just when you needed them most? When you open a book to the perfectly random page with a passage that speaks directly to you. When you find street art with small words of wisdom. Or when your eyes are guided to the cheerful greeting cards along the checkout line with just the right inspirational words to help you push forward with the rest of your day. This week they came to me in the form of, “My entire life can be described in one sentence; it didn’t go as planned and that’s OKAY.” There was a time in my life, not too long ago, when those words would have seemed trivial, unnecessary, lame. I was surprised by how much they resonated with me reading them now. I took it as a sign of growth. Typically in times of stress I create a giant to do list as a way to try to regain control and steer things back my way. More recently though (there’s still the long to do list to get all of the thoughts out of my head in order to focus) I’ve learned to let go and just enjoy things for what they are. It’s been a hard, trying process of learning to let go of this sense of control over my life and just let wonderfully imperfectly beautiful details of life fall into place. And then I realized that’s it; that’s life. Despite our best attempts at mapping out plans for our lives, we have to surrender to mother nature and whatever higher power we believe guides us in this life. Ultimately we don’t determine what happens in this life, only how we react to it.
This recipe is lightly adapted from Bowl + Spoon, the latest cookbook by Sara + Hugh Forte of Sprouted Kitchen. Theirs is one of the first blogs I came across years ago. Sara’s words have always seemed to resonate with me, and much like the quote this week, tend to find me when I need to hear them. In addition to being truly lovely, inspiring people, they are a undeniable force in this food world. Hugh’s photography is unparalleled; a master of artfully shaping natural light. Sara’s recipes are tried and true; simple, wholesome, healthy, and truly delicious. I’ve returned to her recipes, both from their first cookbook and the blog, time and again. I turn to her recipes whether I’m cooking a weeknight dinner, making lunches for the week, prepping for a long road trip, hosting a decadent dinner party or helping to nourish a friend in need. In the week since Bowl + Spoon arrived on my doorstep I’ve made roughly a dozen of the dishes. This was a stand-out favorite of mine so I needed to make it again, this time to share.