Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Sweetest Thing!
Life is ever-changing, but sometimes changes are bigger than others. When changes are flying at you at warp speed, even when they're "good" changes, it's nice to have comforting reminders of what's important and what's real.
Saturday I teach a yoga class in the near-west suburbs of Chicago. It was stormy and chilly on my drive home. As soon as I walked in my building my door man presented me with a plastic grocery bag. I couldn't imagine what was inside.
Once I came inside my condo I opened the bag to find a plethora of fresh vegetables from the Green Market. My sweet friend, Valentina, had gone through the market earlier and not only did she share her treasures with me, but she washed everything, shucked the corn, and cut up the watermelon and placed it in a container. I was so happy I almost cried.
So, tonight I'm chopping eggplant, onions, garlic, zucchini and peppers to make a ratatouille. Tomorrow I'll make a spinach and orange salad, and before it's all over I'll dust the yellow squash with cornmeal and fry it to eat with my favorite vegan ranch dressing.
Late summer vegetables have the most intense, wonderful flavors. I highly encourage you to make soups to freeze as well as berries. You can also buy up basil really cheaply, so making and freezing pesto is the best drizzled on a pizza or pasta around December.