Hello dear readers!
I am back to blogging I had a month off, due to:
a) Not cooking much
b) Not photographing at all
c) In order to reevaluate what this blog means to me
And here I am, returned, at your service!
But this time, I have decided to change the way I blog… Its a long story, so settle in for the ride…
I just spent an amazing month in Sydney- working, playing and finding more meaning in my life. At the end of it I have made a few changes and am approaching life in a simpler, calmer fashion.
For a long time I have craved simplicity. Minimalism. Less. It is amazing how a month spent living out of a suitcase, in someone else’s home, without your usual creature comforts and foods, can teach you how little you need to live happily. I’m talking clothes, possessions, material things. And also food.
Here are the main foods I survived on for the past month:
- Oats (I went through a whole kilo bag!!!)
- Nut butter
- Milk (sometimes almond, sometimes organic whole unhomogenised)
- Greek yoghurt
- Coconut (water, shredded, oil)
Yes, I did eat other foods- but the place I was working supplied lunch each day, and I was generally cooked for at night (I know, pretty lucky hey?). So there were also vegetables, grains and meat/fish/legumes/eggs. But I learnt that these are my comfort foods, my desert island foods, my less.
Here are the clothes I basically survived with:
- Underwear (obviously)
- Exercise wear
- Shorts and tee for home
- Work clothes
- One dress
- One pair of heels
- One pair of thongs
- One top and skirt
- One bikini
I realised that I didn’t feel deprived, get bored, or feel like I wasn’t fashionable because I wore the same outfit every time I went out. Again, less is often more.
When I had free time over the last month, instead of wasting it on the internet, I read. And read. And read. And I did yoga.
Which brings me to my next major breakthrough/discovery. I’ve always dabbled with yoga, and liked the “idea” of being a devout yogi with a daily practice, but I have never seemed to really give it a proper try. But then I stumbled across yogadownload.com. Free 20 minute classes streamed through my computer. The simple act of giving to yoga 20 minutes a day has had huge implications for the rest of my life. I can’t believe how much calmer, slower, more mindful my life has become from this simple change. And its free. Its free and it frees me. A lifelong love has been born!
In fact, the whole concept of mindfulness is what I really have discovered over the past month. As a typical Type A, anxiety-prone, worry-about-my-future-type person, the act of being mindful, present, and learning more about this state of being, has been mind-blowing. I have a long way to go, but I am certainly up for the challenge! In fact, I am considering going to do a retreat in Bali this year… Stay posted!
Which brings me back to this blog. As much as I have loved posting weekly, I have to admit that sometimes I felt it was a bit of a chore that I HAD to tick off each week. So I am taking a new approach. I am only going to post when I feel like it. And photograph when I feel like it and have time to dabble and play to my heart’s content. Isn’t that what the whole purpose of this blog originally was? To have an outlet for my passion for cooking, and to explore a new found hobby of photography? I am also going to start to use this platform to express my current state of mind, new discoveries, and general chit-chat about what my brain is fixed on at any particular time.
So… today I really felt like cooking. I have an absolute BOUNTY of summer produce just screaming out at me! Eggplants, zucchini, basil and beans thanks to Dad (king of veggie patches). And the most incredible crop of tomatoes thanks to me and my housemates!!!! 3kg off just three plants and plenty more to come. Ridiculous! So my diet is very full of lycopene, antioxidants and summer lovin’ at the moment.
Today I wanted to get my pesto on before Dad’s basil lost too much flavour. I used the last of my frozen pesto last night over pasta, so I decided to make a new batch.
Oh, and I wanted to introduced you all to my new bestie- “Joby”! A christmas gift from my Dad that has already shined in the kitchen. LOVE this little man.
Basil. Pine nuts. Pecorino. Salt.
I’m working this simplicity thing.
I made my pesto in a mortar and pestle. Again, the simple life.
Melded together with olive oil, my simple, chunky basil pesto.
Bon appétit! xx