Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Fruits of My Labor

Oops!  I found out I can't rotate photos from my iPod - just kind of tip your head to the right this one time.
I escaped from the computer this morning by having fun in the kitchen instead.  Tonight I got to enjoy the fruits of my labor with tortilla soup, a margarita on the rocks, and a dessert of gluten-free pumpkin bread with cranberries - some of my favorite comfort foods (and drink).

I really do love to cook.  I find the simple act of standing at my cutting board chopping ingredients into little pieces to be very relaxing - almost like meditation. I love to experiment in the kitchen and don't mind making elaborate recipes, even if it's just for me.

My favorite breakfast is sauteed onion, zucchini, red pepper, mushrooms, tomato, and garlic in scrambled eggs topped with avocado, goat cheese, and our local hot sauce. Of course, I'm talking about a tiny bit of each of these ingredients. A friend suggested that I chop up enough for a few days at a time and save them for when I need them.  She just didn't understand the whole meditation thing.

Andrew Weil once wrote that he likes to wash dishes.  He even volunteers to do them when eating at some one's house.  He says that dish washing (by hand, of course) is like meditating to him.  I understand that completely.  When I was young I hated to wash dishes and often had a sink full of dirty ones.  It never happens now.  It is just part of the cooking routine for me.

Anyway, after my morning in the kitchen I have enough soup in the fridge for two more meals and lots more in the freezer.  And dessert for many days, too, if I can keep myself from nibbling all day long. Taking the morning off from the computer and then eating that great meal fortified me to get back on here tonight without all the stress I was feeling yesterday.

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