You know what? Its officially turned cold here. Like freaking cold. Which is great for festive feelings and holiday tunes, but not so much for my thin skin. So, I knew what I needed to create on this Scrumptious Sunday which is a sure crowd pleaser: soup!
And I bet you noticed as you moseyed on over here to my little place on the world wide web, things look a bit different. So, let me explain and lets get reaquainted!
The amount of love, messages, tweets, emails, DMs, and in person feedback I got for my last post absolutely blew my mind. Seems some of y'all have had a food in your life you've not allowed yourself to have for one reason or another. And in beginning to break free of my self-imposed waffle ban, y'all are gathering the courage to break your own individual bans as well. That inspired me and got me thinking....is there something to this whole breaking free and enjoying our forbidden foods again?
Why yes there certainly is.
This response prompted me to do some soul searching in regards to my blog title and what I do as a blogger. Exploring my Brilliant View was really just a play on me having chronic Epstein Barr Virus, aka chronic fatigue syndrome. While this is my current reality, my life is much more than this virus. In fact, I'm quite multi-faceted. I have a lot of interests and a lot of gifts, so why not celebrate them all, or at least celebrate what is at the core of my soul? That felt much better.
This is where titling my blog after mirepoix came in. For those who don't know, mirepoix is a French term which references a roughly cut trio of veggies used as a foundation in a variety of dishes, ranging from soups to sauces. The veggies themselves vary in various countries and cultures. It doesn't matter what this grouping of veggies is called, the dish just wouldn't be the same without them. Even if you can't physically see them in the final version of the dish, you know by the taste they've become an integral part of its intricate flavor.
And this is where it applies to me: it doesn't matter what you technically call my "grouping" of life practices, my life just wouldn't be the same without them. By practicing them everyday, they effortlessly meld into my life and become automatically second nature. They are my foundation, my mirepoix. My preferred trio: cooking nutritious meals, living by my own personal desire map, and embracing ease in every area of my life by my practice of Strala Yoga.
For the days/weeks/months/years to come, I will be delving into each of these items in detail. But, for now, I'll just say welcome and get on with the soup!
I love me a one pot meal. Taking the time to chop once, dump everything into a pot, and then allow it to simmer just really trips my trigger. Well, let's be honest, the real reason I love one pot meals is because there is only one pot to clean up!
I also love seeing chunks of veggies floating in my soup. I prefer lots of veggies to a smaller amount of water. So, is it a soup? A stew? Just a pot of veggies with a little broth? It doesn't matter.....all I know is its just good. And so healing for my body, mind, and spirit. Just check out that rainbow of colors! Even the meat eaters in my family were very satisfied with the heartiness and flavors of this warming meal. Seems perfect for such an (almost) winter's night.....let me know what you think with #scrumptioussunday on Twitter and IG! Enjoy!
Click for printable recipe: Fire Roasted Chickpea Soup