When things begin to move – they really roll. It’s been a busy few weeks for me, juggling the tasks on the various projects I am working on. There are no complaints as I am so happy to be in the process of moving forward, focused and ready to tackle all kinds of issues and chores I am faced with. Some tasks fall so very easily into place each process integrating into the other effortlessly. Others are more taxing and demanding, requiring more attention and often a lot more nerves.
There are going to be ups and downs. I need to remind myself that always. Tenaciously tough tasks need more determination and more creativity. These might be exhausting but the challenge lies in finding a workable solution. Then the tide changes and I am riding on an easy flowing wave where everything just falls into place, fluently and smoothly. I grow more with both situations and I learn so much with the people I work with.
We’re almost halfway through the year already and as I review it thoughtfully it feels good to take stock of everything that is happening. I just need to remember to breathe and take a pause, some time to myself. While a lot happens around me I need to make sure not to drown. There is a danger of finding peace in the cool depths of oblivion. Rising up to break the surface for a gasp of fresh air is vital to keep from sinking further.
When I feel the need to come up for air I often find myself here. To write, to share my thoughts, ideas and recipes. The warm weather beckons me to take solace in the garden. Planting my tomatoes and tending my herbs allow me to tank on energy and align my bearings. Last week I downloaded the entire Jane Austin collection as audible books that I now carry on my smartphone. After reading the classic collection every year since the age of 18 I am finding new pleasures in hanging in my hammock for 30 to 40 minutes at a stretch and just listening to the trials and tribunes of Mr. Darcy and Elisabeth Bennet, or Fanny Price and Edmund Bertam et al. A breather for a while before I am taken up by the whirlwind again. My family, photo shoots, workshops, magazine articles and cooking projects – I am ready for the challenge.
This dish is quick, easy, and full of bursting flavor. It is great on its own for a fast lunch or the perfect side to chicken or fish at dinner with a bunch of friends. If legumes and eggs are what you love this dish has it. Perfect for one – the fork, the hammock and the audio book. A great crowd pleaser – glasses of fruity sangria, lively chatter and glorious stars in the sky. It works – every time. I serve it with a thick labneh drizzled with a fruity olive oil and sprinkled with sumac. But it would easily work with a cucumber raita and some warm naans too.
This dish is the typical meal I prepare when I am craving flavors from my favorite ingredients all at once. I love eggs and legumes and being an Indian the spices get my tastebuds tingling. Rustic bread, pita or naans are the eligible partners for dunking and scooping and the labneh (or the raita) are ideal condiments to cool the palate.
As I wrap up the Venice Workshop behind the scenes and still linger a little longer on the grand memories, I am taking big steps towards Helsinki as Simone, Mari and I put the final touches for the workshop in Finland. I am excited. I have always wanted to visit Finland and while it will take me there for just a few days I will be staying a little longer to discover Helsinki. This week I started to make progress with the Dubai workshop in October and how easily everything has fallen into place. Dates have been blocked, a new location has been secured and there are many new ideas flowing easily behind the scenes.
Berlin is up next! Thrilled to be having such positive response and see people will be joining Simone, Sandy and me this summer from all over Europe. But we still have some capacity, so if you are keen to join us on a 2-day special where you will spend plenty of time with like-minded people working on honing your skills and creativity, please take a moment to browse through the programme.
Keep yourself updated on all upcoming workshops here.
You might like these ideas from WFLH:
|Dal Fry – Lentils The Punjabi Way||Warm Lentil Salad with Dried Cherries, Feta and a Herb Marinated Lamb Fillet||Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas|
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