Here we are - on the other side and well into the second week of a brand new year. January - is a month that gives me very mixed feelings. It’s a month that fills me up with contradictory thoughts and emotions. A month I very much look forward to in December but once here I cannot wait till it moves on.
January for the optimist is a month for those new beginnings, starting on a clean slate and setting the clocks new. There are so many fresh promises, novel ideas and bombastic goals that the ambitious me is raring to forge ahead to accomplish them all. Motivated at the thought of getting yet another opportunity to start afresh.
Yet January brings along fears and hesitations for the insecure me, who wonders at the uncertainties that lie ahead and denounces what I have achieved. I could have done more, better, bigger …. over-thinking every little thing. I hear the ticking of the clock behind me and allow myself to get schlepped along in the torrent of hard resolve of over-accomplishment.
Be gone January, for your gloomy grey days darken my demeanor. Be banished the pessimist that has taken over, for you torment me with your negative force.
Then on a morning like today, where the sun is just waking up, painting streaks of orange and purple in the sky on one side of the field, I however seem to have eyes only for the crystal clear full moon towering up in the dark sky on the other side of the field, I realize that this is what this first month of the new year is all about. It’s about learning to let go of the securities of the old day and walking towards a new beginning and although I know nothing with any certainty, the sight of the moon and the stars makes me dream of making the today a fantastically amazing day.
Resolutions are not for me. I enjoy my life the way it is, with a little sin here and an indulgence there, and am flexible enough to change it whenever it needs modifications. Maintaining my focus keeps me on track to staying true to my goals. Frustrations are to be trumped with diligence and passion and commitment are the key. Failure is ok as it helps me re-set my course to success. Taking small steps towards lasting accomplishment is better than those 15 minutes of fame. Last but not least - make sure I have a damn good time through it all!
With that kind of food for thought I head towards to the kitchen to find nourishment that empowers my ideas further. Something bright filled with good, healthy vibes and mirrors the positive energy I feel. This kedgeree does exactly that. Made with ingredients I had in the fridge it was hassle-free and easily prepared bringing plenty of soul satisfaction. Butternut squash, parsnips, fennel and spinach provide a fantastic mix of flavors and color. I also added some divine sweet piquant peppers from Peppadew and sprinkled extravagant saffron salt from Smaromi, products from two of our extremely generous sponsors for our Tuscany Plate to Page workshop. Salmon gave it a touch of elegance and the fried eggs rounded the whole dish off.
A great way to begin the new year wouldn’t you say? Comforting, satisfying and definitely on the sunny side up! The spice blend give the kedgeree a wonderful boost and I absolutely love the rich and smooth aromas of ghee in this.
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Did you miss our our incredibly successful Tuscany Plate to Page workshop in October? If you did and want to join us, registrations are open for Plate to Page Somerset due to be held in the UK in Spring 2012! Have a look at the programme, details about accommodation, and then you can register here. But hurry as places are limited to 12. It would be great to see you there!
You might like these ideas from WFLH:
|Beef Vegetable and Tofu Stir Fry||Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani||Risotto with Riesling, Leek and Bacon|
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