Pasta Primavera

Confession No 19: Eat, Meditate, Laugh – I need to chill out

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. Experience has shown they don’t work. Of course this could be attributed to my complete lack of willpower and overwhelming tendency to indulge myself wherever possible. But I don’t set myself up for the disappointment and the resulting walk of shame to and from the cake shop anymore, I just go and get some exercise along the way….. I do have New Year’s intentions though.

This time last year I devoured Eat, Pray, Love. Loved it. I think we all love a good reinvention, turn-my-life-around-and-find-happiness story don’t we? It was brave and inspirational although not right for me. It wasn’t in my plan to leave my husband, eat my way through Italy (although that’s not a bad idea), wander off to India to meditate and find love in Bali.

I was intrigued though by the meditation. I had always wanted to try it and in fact had been actively encouraged by almost everyone I know over the years to give it a go. You see, I’m not the world’s most relaxed person. I need to be busy. I like being busy. I love that feeling at the end of the day when I’ve achieved. Yes, I’m an achiever. I admit it.

My brain is like a lotto machine with all those little balls flying around. There’s a million thoughts happening at the same time and it’s never, ever quiet. So you can see why meditation was appealing. I tried it. I stopped the lotto machine for 15 whole minutes and had quiet. It freaked me out – it was unnatural. I buried myself in busy again.

But I’m going back in. It sounds a bit loopy, but I’m focussing on chilling out this year. I said I had intentions, so here they are:
1. Eat – it’s to be expected from someone like me.
2. Meditate – uh huh, I’m doing it even if it kills me. Which I hope it doesn’t.
3. Laugh – probably the biggest de-stresser around and I need more of it.

To honour my intentions (that are not resolutions) I wrote a recipe. It’s what I do when a mood strikes. This gorgeous pasta primavera is full of goodness. It’s green and kinda meditative. You’ll feel better just reading the recipe: fresh asparagus, broad beans, basil, lemon, a splash of cream and a shaving of parmesan. It’s heaven on a plate. I’ve used pappardelle because I love the big pasta ribbons but you can use any pasta that takes your fancy. Make it, it might just change your life.

Do you make resolutions? Share them. Then you’ll really have to follow through cause you’ve told us moodie foodies.

Pasta Primavera

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Indulge without guilt
Eat without deprivation
Cook great food even when you are on your own
Embrace food moods
Eat what you want

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