“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be”-Douglas Adams
It is amazing how we can go through life trying to find the path that we are supposed to take. We try heading down one road and then decide to turn down another to see where it leads. For some of us it leads to a place where we feel at home. For others it leads to a place where we feel uncomfortable and then we know we need to take a different path at the next fork in the road.
I have had my share of discomfort in my life, but the path that I am on now is leading me to a place of growth. Each day I am challenging myself a little more with my fitness routine and in my personal life. I have always been a lifelong learner and have loved to explore the world. Recently I have added physical training to my education. Each day I feel healthier, stronger and more in control of my life than I have in years. I also find that my mind is clear and my creative juices are overflowing.
“You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination that you will ever need.”-Jerry Gilles
I know that I have so much yet to learn and so many challenges yet to face. Instead of being intimidated by this I am finding myself looking forward to each day and each new experience. A friend of mine once told me that I was carrying a bag of rocks on my back that each represented a hurt from that past that I carried with me. The bag was really heavy. He said that I brought my past into my present and let the rocks cloud my judgement. One by one, I am tossing the rocks as I travel down the road.
I can almost relate this journey to the one that Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about in Eat, Pray, Love. Well almost………. I always wondered why she left Italy and stopped eating. I would have stayed in Italy forever sipping espresso in the morning and red wine in the evening and feasting on plates of homemade pasta. I guess I never understood that she needed to experience the rest of the journey in order to find out who she was.
“When your heart speaks, take good notes”-Judith Campbell
There is a lot that I don’t know about life, but I do know that I love to eat. Food is the essence of our lives, it is the centre of our family gatherings and the tradition that we pass on to our children. This Farmer’s Market Pappardelle provides a nice seasonal take on the traditional pasta. The fresh from the market vegetables make this a light, healthy vegetarian meal fit for any dinner party.
Farmers’ Market Pappardelle
Makes 6 servings
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp. sherry vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 ½ lb. multi-coloured, multi-sized cherry tomatoes, halved
3 ears corn on the cob shucked
1 ½ lb. medium zucchini
½ cup thinly sliced red onion (optional)
9 oz. dried egg pappardelle
¼ lb. sugar snap peas
1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
½ cup mint leaves
1/3 cup snipped chives
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for shavings
Bring 6-8 quarts of salted water to a boil.
While water is boiling mince and mash garlic to a paste with a ½ teaspoon of salt, then stir together with the vinegar, oil and 1 tsp. salt in a large bowl, Add tomatoes and stir gently. Set aside.
Cook corn in boiling water for 4- 6 minutes, remove with tongs and set aside.
Into a medium bowl, peel lengthwise ribbons from the zucchini with a vegetable peeler, stopping when you come to the seedy core. Turn zucchini a quarter turn and repeat. Repeat until all four sides have been ribboned.
Slice corn off of the cob and add to the tomatoes.
Cook pappardelle until al dente. Just before pasta is done add zucchini and snow peas to the pot and boil for 30 seconds. Drain pasta and vegetable together in a large colander. Add the tomato mixture and onions and toss gently.
Add herbs, toss gently and serve.
Recipe from Gourmet Easy Dinners Magazine