“Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”
Henry David Thoreau
Such Depth of Flavour!
In recent years I’ve found myself thinking more and more about less… living with less, consuming less, needing less. Acting on it is a little tougher than thinking about it, but in small increments I have been making a concerted effort to live with less. I mean sure that blue cashmere sweater IS gorgeous, but don’t I have one almost exactly like it in grey/pink/black in the closet already? Oh don’t misunderstand I like things… of course I do… but how many of these THINGS are actually adding any real value to my life? It is no easy task to choose to live with less when around every corner there is yet another “Must Have” list.
After a recent move, I made myself a promise… whatever I put into boxes marked “DO NOT UNPACK” if left packed for the next 2 to 3 years then they are OUT OF HERE! (I’m about 1/3 of the way through that time frame so I’ll keep you posted on the outcome!) There are just so very many things we seem to “NEED” at certain times and then as you move along through life you start to realize how little of it you truly require. Less stuff means less stress… less stuff means less spent… less stuff means less to clean… less stuff means less to guard over… less stuff means more life.
The way I see it if I choose to forgo a tangible gift for example and ask for an experience instead I am left with so much more than a new sweater/serving platter/piece of jewelry. I am left with a memory. I am left with the very probable shared memory which has much more value than any “thing” could ever have.
I know that this isn’t news to many of you, be it either from having gone through this realization yourselves or perhaps as it does seem to be much in the news of late… it can be applied to many, in fact, almost all matters… not least of which is food! Always back to the food for me!
Much like the ’90’s were a decade of decadence in many things, it was also true of the food of the time. Who remembers “The Silver Palate” series of cookbooks? They were a perfect example of JUST TOO MUCH STUFF! I mean sure the recipes were delicious but HOLY CROW were there ever a LOT of ingredients and stages and competing flavours!
This salad is a living example of living with less and having more… more flavour… more pleasure from simple easy real ingredients. And WOW! Do these few simple ingredients ever pack a lot of punch!
I didn’t use the grapefruit in the salad, but it was just too pretty to leave out of the photo shoot!
Is that not GORGEOUS!!!!
Enjoy & Namaste!
- 1 orange, sliced ⅛” thick, seeds removed
lemon and/or lime,sliced ⅛” thick, seeds removed
- 4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 bunch arugula, thick stems trimmed
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 avocado, cut into wedges or cubes
- Drizzle honey, I like manuka but any high quality honey will suffice
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Toss orange and lemon slices with 1 TBSP. oil on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper.
- Roast citrus, tossing occasionally until lightly charred in spots and starting to caramelize, 10–15 minutes.
- Set aside and allow to cool.
- Combine onion and lemon juice in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper and let sit 5 minutes. This step allows the onion to mellow slightly.
- Add roasted citrus to bowl with onion along with arugula and mint. Drizzle remaining 3 Tbsp. oil over; season with salt and pepper and toss everything to combine and coat.
- Add avocado and very gently toss until lightly dressed (you don’t want to crush the avocado).
- Drizzle lightly with honey to finish