The Simple Salad
March 30, 2008
I love creating food that is beautiful to look at. It is such a pleasure to take a moment or two to allow oneself to engage in a bit of creativity and give the brain an opportunity for a bit of play time. This is just as nourishing to Being as actual elemental nutrients are.
This took so little time and was totally unplanned. I split the napa cabbage leaf as a base for no particular reason other than to add a bit of creative interest to an otherwise very plain salad. Simple mesclun greens, a bit of diced red, orange and yellow mini peppers that held just a hint of heat, some rinsed dulse, all tossed very lightly with a hemp oil, olive oil and lemon vinaigrette. The pear slices were an obvious addition at the last moment because of the color match first, and secondly, because a bit of simple, sweet fruit goes so well with the bitter greens and the heat of the peppers. A sprinkle of hemp nuts and a bit more dulse on top and it was a radically improved simple salad.
The slow food movement really encourages one to take the time to make meals a pleasure. As well, indulging in a bit of food play is one way to really honor the choice one has made to eat as well as possible for health and well-being. This also helps to infuse your meals with the element of love so sorely lacking in our mostly factory-farmed produce, which often includes organics as well. And every little bit of love COUNTS, now more than ever, whether we’re giving it to ourselves or to others!