There are countless ways to express your creativity — through the written word, creating an aesthetically pleasing home environment, building a business or through a variety of artistic endeavors. But nothing can compare to creating a colorful salad 🥗.
The salad pictured below was a three person endeavor created at my home for a Paella Party back in June. In this beautiful bowl was Spinach, Red Leaf Lettuce, Grape Tomatoes 🍅, Red Onion, Mandarin Oranges, Cranberries and Bleu Cheese.
Eating is a necessity, but preparation and cooking is an art form!
I was in the process of making tomato 🍅 soup when the thought hit me that life is indeed good. When this revelation came (and I have that revelation often), I could clearly see that it is something special about remaining mindful and in the moment as you complete any task. My taking the steps to create a heartwarming pot of soup wasn’t lost on this point.
I didn’t have a television on nor did I feel compelled to turn on any music. It was just me, a pot, a knife, a spoon, some tomatoes, chicken broth and a picture window in my kitchen that allowed me the blessing of looking onto my backyard as I prepared my dish.
First, I did a rough chop of eight Roma Tomatoes; I diced some fresh garlic (about 3 cloves — I just love garlic) and I slivered about 6 sprigs of fresh basil. I poured the chicken broth into my pot, added everything else and slowly simmered that pot of what was clearly becoming a concoction of deliciousness.
I have to admit that the most exciting part of making my tomato soup is pulling out my hand emulsifier to thicken it. Somehow I feel like a real chef when I use it.
However, the most memorable part of the process was how consciously aware I was of every chop and every stir. The blessing was being present every step of the way. I didn’t hurry through my soup making; I wasn’t thinking ahead about changing the linen on my bed, and I wasn’t thinking about solving any problems at the office. I just lost myself in the task at hand — Making Soup!
AND THAT I’M CONVINCED IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS!