Life gets complicated. At least, my life has gotten complicated, so lately I’ve found myself retreating and resetting–reformatting. Now, I’m attempting to rediscover the beauty and inspiration that lie in simplicity.

That’s what I found at the market this weekend:

Early season sugar peas

Fresh mint

Eggs (these actually came from a friend’s backyard)

Side note: I also found an amazing work table at a local thrift store–that’s the wood grain in the images above. It’s bulky, gritty, and charmingly weathered. (Interestingly, this is also how I might describe myself.)

Back to the peas. Those were eaten whole, straight from the bag the farmer handed me. The mint was used in iced tea and in a quinoa salad with feta cheese and pomegranate arils. The eggs were used to make Dutch babies, then topped with fresh strawberries and kiwi.

And with these, I’m renewed.

It amazes me how a few fresh ingredients can restore a sense of peace, but they really can. Today, I feel like I may once again have a handle on things–that life is a little less complicated. Today, I want to cook again.

6 Responses to “Simplicity”

  1. Phillip
    April 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Cook, man, cook!

  2. Ally
    April 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Well put! Recently I had the “cooking blues,” but some fresh morels pulled me out of it. Amazing how a handful of simple, fresh food can make you feel alive again. 🙂

    • james
      April 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      Ally, did you forage those morels, by chance? Seems it’s the season, and I keep seeing photos of friends out in the woods – I want to try that!

  3. Krish
    April 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    This piece gave me some calm after reading it. 🙂

    Did you put a dressing or an oil in the quinoa salad?

  4. Ally
    April 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    James, no I didn’t. I’ve always wanted to try that too! I’ve heard though this has been a weird year for morels weatherwise, they’re starting late.
    Do you read Hank Shaw’s blog? He’s a Sacramento blogger & forages for mushrooms.

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