Hey, all ... greetings from the Ice Storm Capital of the United States! We have FOUR days off this week due to the badness that is severe winter weather. i can't complain, though i do have a slight sniffly/stuffy cold thing that's somewhat unpleasant ... i've spent the time watching movies, seeing very nearby friends, cooking, knitting, reading, coffeehousing ... etc. Though I'm still amazed at how guilty we've been conditioned to feel over doing *nothing*. I'll admit, it's an art I haven't yet mastered. I'm constantly thinking about where I can go to spend my money, even in fun. Last night I took myself out to the local pizza joint, which has great but tres expensive pies .. and while it was nice to sit there in the dim decor and enjoy the slices with caesar salad and beer, once the initial full-tummy buzz and walking home in the pretty snow turning into nightfall buzz wore off, i felt depleted ... of cash i could be saving for something like a house. once more, i've failed. i'm not trying hard enough. i'm trying not to kick myself for it, though, it's not the attitude that will eventually help me to become more comfortable in my own skin, more comfortable living slowly, more comfortable doing *nothing* while nothing is actually so much!! -- cleaning, tidying, cooking, crafting, the business of what really are the basic elements of life, after all. I'm two-thirds of the way into an incredible book called Eat, Pray, Love that's been keeping me relatively more grounded ... along these same lines, I'm going to read Three Cups of Tea next. Along with my required Montessori reading, of course. I still don't feel quite balanced, a bit overly Yin even though I've enjoyed many a Yang (warm, salty) meal lately. Perhaps a B complex vitamin with dinner tonight and some gentle yoga on video is just what the doctor ordered. The rest of my day until that point consists of browsing the independent bookstore (there is a small gift for someone dear in my heart that I want to purchase, as he seems on the verge of a necessary spiritual journey), the fair trade shop (though this is in line with doing my living room up so it's capturing and holding real, positive chi energy, unlike the cold draftiness and starkness it presents to me now, very unhealthy), the library for documentaries/dvds. All the walking and fresh air (i doubt i could get out of my unplowed driveway if i wanted to) is good for my heart and soul, no doubt ... but that slight bit of too much Yin remains and I am still restless. Part of this restlessness comes from knowing I'm ready, once again, to share my life with an equal partner, and having several points of light blinking at me from under snow-laden boughs, but nothing that shines like a beacon my way. Sometimes I feel I'm just filling the days, waiting ... waiting ... and I don't need advice to love myself, I do, fully, and I've grown and all that ... we all feel this way. And I know that this, too, shall pass. If you sit still long enough, it all does pass. So ... I solider on.
This post has certainly taken a turn toward the philosophical! well, on that note, let's turn the tide a bit and I'll share with you the amazing recipe that's been providing me with some much-needed Yang energy on these oft-bleak looking days of winter:
Saag Aloo (the original recipe is not vegan, but i made it that way)
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
i did all my mincing/chopping in my new food processor, it's a miracle!)
1 tbsp FRESH ginger root, minced
2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp oil (i used peanut)
1 lb (16 oz) chopped spinach (i used organic frozen)
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plain soy yogurt
1/4 cup vanilla or plain soy milk (i used vanilla)
tip: DON'T deviate at all from this recipe, I've already tweaked it to perfection!!
here's what to do:
Saute onions in oil till translucent. Add garlic, ginger and spices and saute another 2-3 minutes.
Add spinach, water and salt and simmer 15 min (i went a little higher than a simmer cause i used a big pot) over low(er) heat.
Puree in food processor (or blender, i guess)
Return puree to pan. Simmer 10 min.
Stir in yogurt and simmer briefly (I think I did 5 more min).
Add cream, stir, and serve piping hot!! You will love it.
Let me show you some more of what's going on around here. Hope you're all well. I think I'm just feeling a little of later winter's low energy/loneliness/lethargy. I'll be fine, just need good sleep, hot tea, and the mindset to push through and realize that "nothing" is really all the essential work i need to be doing. peace, peace, dear friends.
i forgot to take a picture tuesday night, so here is wednesday morning from my bedroom window. i can almost see santa claus! lol
wednesday night (i did NOT drive!! note the pizza, i'd just walked home and decided to clean off my car), the ice was almost an inch thick on the windows i swear!
today (thursday morning), from my bathroom window. note icicles.
we'll talk soon. <3