Here's a little story for you that I read in our Restorative Class this past weekend:
A good Neapolitan pizza is a thing of spartan beauty: minimal ingredients that are fresh, stand out, and come together in a way that transcends food and art and beauty - it's an act of pure love.
My favourite is the Margherita. A simple crust is hand-made, hand stretched, spread thinly with fresh tomato sauce, with chunks of Mozzarella and sprigs of basil strewn about its surface, finished off with a drizzle of perfect olive oil. It goes into an incredibly hot wood oven, where the crust blisters in 60 seconds, and in that briefest moment of purity by fire a miracle occurs.
The miracle is that these simple ingredients - flour, water, tomatoes, cheese, basil, oil, salt, become the most heavenly substance in the universe.
Each ingredient, because it's not overwhelmed by a smorgasbord of toppings can be tasted distinctly and appreciated for it's simple beauty.
Having fewer ingredients allows each to assert itself.
But they also come together in an act of perfect unity, and this shows what minimalism is all about.
A few things of beauty, when stripped of the extraneous, are allowed to breathe, to shine, to create a whole that is better than a whole of too many less important things.
This is true of pizza and also of work and life. Cutting back to a few important tasks, things have space to breathe and take on an importance they never had before. They will create a life that is not only better but is a truer expression of yourself.
Minimalism allows your life to be an act of love.
Constantly filling and topping up your days with too many things?
Or are you a little more a la Carte - a little more discerning and
spartan, taking just what you need?
What can you nurture in your life?
What can you toss?
It would be too cruel to entice you with a food story without giving you
a recipe to try.
I have kept with the simple theme.
This is dead easy.
A buffet staple, with a healthy twist...
done a la carte style.
2-3 large sweet potatoes
2 tblspns melted coconut oil
4 tblspns polenta
salt to taste
Scrub the potato under water (no need to peel)
Slice into long thick sticks and place in a bowl of water,
swishing them around a few times.
Drain, dry on a clean tea towel, then let them air dry
Preheat oven to 200
Melt coconut oil
Put potatoes in a plastic bag.
Pour in melted coconut oil and shake to coat
Add polenta and salt and shake to coat
Place fries in a single layer on a baking sheet for 30-40 minutes
Can be served as is or with a minty yoghurt dip, a tahini dip,
with an extra sprinkle of salt.
Try not to eat them all on your own!
Note: Sweet Potatoes are a low GI Carb source, which means they are sustaining, and a good source of energy. They also contain Potassium which makes them a great for after exersice. It's hard not to love them!