… because apparently joy does not come from ‘nothing’.
Today was an experiment in what joy is … with a finding of what it is not.
The day started with the goal of ‘doing nothing’. ‘Doing nothing’ – truly nothing – is the dream yes? No lists to make, no pressures to respond to, no expectations to meet … the perfect life.
At the moment, I’m craving sweetness, hugs, lusciousness, juiciness, voluptuousness … I thought that ‘doing nothing’ would offer time to luxuriate, to stretch into …
Turns out … ‘no’.
Turns out … ‘doing nothing’ is not joy … for me …
And I had a sneaky suspicion that this would be the case. And yet, the idea of ‘nothing’ appealed; it beckoned and the magpie me swooped on its shiny appeal.
And it turns out that the shiny coin of ‘nothing’ is value-free.
I watched television on television, I watched television on the computer, I went to the gym, I Skyped, I made hummus, I made a sprouted lentil, chickpea and roasted capsicum puree w sprouted lentils, I read, I responded to texts and I cleared out my Inbox.
I did nothing of value (except perhaps the gym … and the recipe development – the sprouted lentil, chickpea and roasted capsicum puree really was quite delicious)
And then I went to yoga …
… where I was forced to fact the fact that I felt like lead. My body felt solid, unwieldy, heavy … and the same three adjectives provide an equally-adequate description of my brain.
Joy, a sense of ‘aliveness’, apparently, requires action, and interaction. While the lure of ‘nothing’ is strong – and, for me, ever-present, the reality sits at an angle of 180 degrees …
Doing ‘something’ appears to be a pre-requisite …
DOING SOMETHING PUREE
As this is not a ‘food’ site – this is not a ‘food’ recipe. It is an invitation to play with different flavours until they meet the fancy of your tastebuds (aka don’t expect details – just have the confidence to play)
Roasted capsicums + sprouted lentils + chickpeas
Smoked paprika + harissa + lemon juice + s&p
STEP 1: In a blender throw 4 roasted capsicums, 1/2 cup sprouted lentils and 1/2 can chickpeas. Add a half teaspoon of smoked paprika and a half teaspoon of harissa plus a half lemon and a pinch of salt.
STEP 2: Blitz until you have a puree-y puree.
STEP 3: Taste.
AND THEN: Add a little extra of whatever flavour you think it needs. And think about it – does it need more salt? (add salt) More sweetness? (add another capsicum) More acid? (squeeze a little more lemon juice) More heat? ( insert thinking emoji here)
STEP 5: Blitz again.
STEP 6: Taste. Again.
Ask yourself the question – does this taste good to me?
If the answer is ‘yes’ – use the puree over roasted cauliflower or quinoa patties or roasted vegetables.
If the answer is ‘no’ – repeat steps 4,5 and 6 until you smile!