“and so the adventure begins…”
It is always a bit frightening opening an empty book. Beginning to write on the first page. At first, the hand is queasy, hesitant, and overthinking. Allowing the whisper of doubt to sneak in and question the affair altogether. Is it worth it? Will it be good? How about practicing on a page that does not belong to the book first? What if it will shake and the first page of the new book will be ruined. But if it does not give into doubt, if it goes further, it soon finds that things get easier and soon they flow freely.
This is a new page. A restart if you wish. A new book where chapters are waiting to be filled with delicious things, conversations with creative souls, and a whole lot of inspiring ventures.
A few words should be said about 2016. I’ve read recently how a fellow author fell out of love with blogging for a while and that’s what happened to me the past year. I didn’t feel like writing anymore (so much that I missed to celebrate that my cookbook L’Art de la Table got the second place as Best in the World in World Gourmand Cookbook Awards for Mediterranean cuisine!).
Creativity is a funny thing you see. Though as a muscle it needs flexing and the more you do, the more it rewards you; it also has a mind of it’s own. Sometimes, without much notice, it just takes a break leaving you to stare at the empty page for hours without a single decent word landing on it. After several such attempts, I though I’d give it a rest till the urge to write will come back and so it did. So, after a week of dangling to fix a new look for the blog, here we go.
Over the past year I’ve been very fortunate to work with some incredible, inspiring people and companies and I can’t wait to take you behind the scenes of some of them. I’ve also started teaching workshops and realized how much I love helping other creatives and businesses grow. So stay tuned for the upcoming adventure.
For now, since snowy winter is fully upon us and I live in a place where heating tends to cut at worst times, I leave you with a soup. Let’s call it a feel good soup. Copious amounts of ginger will do that and warm you inside out. If that is not the best thing during cold months, I then I don’t know what is (well, a case could be made for wine..). The base is rather simple and you can put anything you like in this soup. I’ve added whatever I had on hand, but roasted tofu or steamed chicken would make an excellent addition too. This makes 2 proper servings for greedy eaters like me or 4 regular ones.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and finely diced
- 2 fat cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp of grated ginger
- 2-4 tbsp miso
- 4 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
- Handful of noodles (I used buckwheat)
- 1 cup of small cauliflower florets
- ½ cup diced carrots
- 1 cup of broccoli florets (optional)
- ½ carrot, julienned (optional)
- Chilli, sliced
- Handful of fresh coriander
- 1 lime, sliced (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 220C/425F.
- Toss the cauliflower and diced carrots with 1 tbsp of oil. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20 mins.
- Heat the remaining oil in a pot and sweat the onion for 5 mins. Add the garlic, ginger and cook for a minute more. Pour over stock and bring to boil. Add noodles, broccoli and cook for 4 more mins. Stir a cup of hot liquid into miso and pour back into soup. Taste and add more miso if needed.
- Divide the soup between bowls, top with roasted vegetables and anything you’d like, finishing with chili and coriander and a bit of lime on the side.