Sometimes you gotta spice things up!
This was a CRAZY work day. The work phone started ringing early and I found myself still in my pajamas at noon, because I was too busy with calls to stop and get dressed. (I did squeeze in time to make juice for breakfast . We did a mean green detox today, and I made some fresh tea out of chopped ginger root, lemon wedges and agave syrup.) I flew out the door to make it to my 12:30 meeting on time, and picked up a turkey wrap for lunch. Beth had made homemade guacamole, so we snacked on that too. Afterward, I snuck over to Starbucks for a salted caramel mocha frappucino.
Even though the day was chaotic, it was still good. My perspective has changed in the past few weeks and a lot of things are starting to fall into the “no big deal” category. Normally I would’ve been annoyed that my phone started ringing at 6 am with screaming people on the other end of the line. Today though, I just went with it. I did what I could to help, and did so from my heart. I got through the meeting and then headed to the beach for some quiet time.
On the way home I stopped by the store to pick up potato chips, chocolate and pretzels for my oh-so-nutritious Crohn’s diet. I had to laugh when I saw this in the parking lot:
Vea was waiting for me when I got home with a huge pot of “Fire In The Hole” Pumpkin soup. It was an experimental recipe, involving pumpkin, coconut milk, coconut flakes, ginger, garlic, shredded chicken, a carrot/veggie puree, turmeric, and a little too much cayenne pepper. Hence the endearing name. We ate it over steamed white rice. Halfway through, my nose was running and my tongue was burning, so I did what any desperately hungry person would do – I scooped out half an avocado and mixed the chunks right in. What a brilliant solution. I never would’ve dreamed that pumpkin, chicken and avocado could blow my tastebuds up like that – this time in a good way. The creamy coolness of the avocado, the subtly sweet (yet wickedly spicy) pumpkin madness made for a party in my mouth. Especially when poured poured over a hearty mix of rice and savory chicken. This was something the restaurants charge the big bucks for. It’s the stuff starving people dream of. Trust me, I know. Well done, V!!
We’re already plotting what to do with the remainder, since she made a giant pot. I’m voting for adding cream cheese. Anyone want to join us for leftovers?