Last Wednesday evening at Yoga, our instructor challenged us to think outside the box. What would our lives look like if they were made up of ingredients? Herbs, spices and parts of a dish that all need to blend together to make something that is tasty and worth sharing with others. I found myself thinking a lot about that challenge this week, so I thought I would turn it into an inspirational blog post this week and share what I think my personal recipe would be.
– INSPIRING SPICES THROUGH YOGA –
Cloves are a sweet and warming spice used most often in baking, but also good with braised meat. I think of myself as sweet and warm at times. I know this only part of who I am, but that is why there are so many different ingredients I needed to make my recipe for life.
Ginger (when ground) is made from dehydrated fresh ginger and has a spicy, zesty bite. I definitely have a spicy (sassy) side. I can be snappy a times, so this dish only needs a pinch of ginger.
Thyme adds a pungent, woodsy flavor. It is great as an all-purpose seasoning. A cup of thyme to help balance my life. Living in Upstate New York is beautiful, but also means seasonal weather. Hot summers and extremely cold winters. Just another reason I am working so hard in my yoga classes.
Sour cream makes the dough moist but impart a sharper, and gives more tart flavor than milk or cream. It can also work as binding agents in quick bread or muffin batters, cutting off some of the sweetness from added sugar while adding structure and helping the crumb in the product develop well. I don’t bake much, but I have been home more than ever lately, and I actually am try to learn to cook and bake. Ironic that this exercise entails matching your life with ingredients – most of which I have never actually used in the kitchen.
Loomi, also known as black lime, is ground from dried limes. It adds a sour kick to many Middle Eastern dishes. Obviously no one is perfect, and as Matt knows from living with me for so long, I definitely have my sour days.
Nutmeg is a sweet and pungent spice. It is very tasty in baked goods, but also adds a warm note to savory dishes. Again, I really am a sweet person. I love to invite people into our home, to events, I am very philanthropic, and I nugmeg just reminds me of Christmas, which is a time for family. Since my brothers and I are all out of school and have our own busy lives, I love times of the year where we make time to get together and just relax.
Rosemary is strong and piney. Is goes good with eggs, beans, and potatoes, as well as grilled meats. If I had to choose a one word to describe me, strong would definitely be on the list of top five. I have overcome many obstacles for my age and I always make it through them with my head held high. Lets add 3 cups of rosemary to this dish.
Eggs are a binding agent that helps finished baked goods stick together and rise well. They also enhance texture and produce a moister final product. The yolks of eggs add fat to recipes, resulting in greater flavor. Because of these varied properties, it can be difficult to substitute other ingredients for eggs in a recipe. What does this mean? Eggs are the foundation to any recipe!! I guess Matt would be the eggs in my life. I only have one of him, but he is a monumental part of my recipe of life.
Creativity is an unusual and unique taste, because it’s flavor comes from the imagination of the person who created it. I love to be spontaneous and off beat. Just because everything is following a tread doesn’t mean I want to be copying them. I love being creative and using my imagination to accomplish bigger and better goals for myself. 4lbs of creativity please!
Love is a warm and cozy flavor. It picks you up when you are feeling down and makes your heart race fast for no apparent reason. I am so blessed to be living a life filled with so much love. Even on my toughest days I know I have people to turn to who love me unconditionally, and that it truly special. Love is the most important ingredient in my dish.
Sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness to any recipe. 3 melted sugar cubes to remind me that even when I’m not in the mood to be nice, it’s better to be sweet that bitter.
WHAT WOULD YOUR INGREDIENTS BE?
So, if you find yourself with some extra time this week or if your day dreaming on your way to work, take some time to think about what your own recipe for life would be. Obviously mine isn’t a dish you could actually bake. It would be 70% spices, 20% liquid & eggs and 10% imagination, but it’s a really fun exercise to get you thinking outside the box and to really reflect about who you are and where you are in life. Are you the spices you want to be? Are you too much of a certain spice? Do you have an egg in your life?
I’d love to hear about what you think and I am sure my yoga instructor would too! The class has really inspired be to push myself further.
Sooner than later,