Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Whole Enchildada

Today I created a new recipe; lentil soup with sweet Italian sausage and apple, and as the flavours melded - fresh thyme, sweet onions, the crunch of celery, carrots, and new potatoes - I was struck by the magic that happens when the right ingredients come together. In soup or in life, this is an important reality.

So many of us complicate our lives by mixing the wrong ingredients. The person we know isn't right for us, the job that doesn't spark our passion, or the relationship that lasts long past its natural expiry date. We stir, and we hope, and we add salt trying to convince ourselves that the lack of flavour is a product of our imaginations.

Macaroni and cheese. Shake and bake chicken. Fish sticks and Wonder Bread - on this, the 9th day of January, 2016, my reminder is to continue searching for flavour and to give yourself permission to leave any buffet that doesn't dazzle your soul or your taste buds.

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