Tacos, Connections, and Art

Simplify. My current goal for our home.  On a mission to rid our lives of the unnecessary stuff to make more time with the ones I love.So I am changing my approach to this site. I started out blogging….let’s see 7 years ago. It started out as a journal of sorts. A way to get my thoughts out. To clear my head. It was private hidden, only I could view it. And then I started extensively researching and blogging for my parents website. And then I launched this site two years ago when I decided I wanted to pursue my cooking passion. Initially I just wanted to post recipes. I had another site to contemplate and write on. Now, as happens with me, my thoughts have changed and evolved. I am a Thoreau lover for those who may not know (my most visible tattoo is one of his). SIMPLIFY. SIMPLIFY. Why am I running and writing on different sites or pages.
Why am I afraid to inject myself into this site? That last one has really been tripping me up. Often time with recipes, I don’t type a lot. There is a definite lack of content, entertainment and personality. But as I go to the market every week. As I think of where I want to go. I have to think of my brand? What’s my message? What’s my voice? What do I have to say? Share? Because each week I have to go with my baked goods, I’m selling myself and the food. Isn’t that the point to a market? To make a connection to your food source. To see the person and talk to the person lovingly growing and raising your food. It’s like meeting the parents of a beautiful child. I can ask questions. Attach a name. A real, breathing, talking, most often freaking amazing individual to the food I’m going to take home and use as a tool to nourish my body. Personally, I want that. And I have to do the same thing. I am the person behind the bliss. And so I am expanding, evolving this site. There will be more thoughts. More insight. Like the spaces I surround myself (my apartment), I want it to feel authentically me. Because I am a unique individual, with my own voice. And there is so much more to me than the recipes I post. And the beauty of the internet and touch phones, is that if someone doesn’t want to read my thoughts they can scroll to the recipe and what they’re looking for.
So I am a confessed total weirdo when it comes to food. Eating in front of people is a major struggle for me often. Ask my boyfriend, he likes to point out that he’s rarely seen me eat. I think the big struggle comes from my parents owning a fitness weight loss studio. For years I felt my identity was tied soley in with my body. I felt the pressure of being judged for my body. Picked to pieces. I defined myself and lived according to the number on a scale. As if my worth was somehow tied into that number. It was an obsession. And the problem is that even when I reached a goal, when I was super tiny and had the flattest stomach, is that it never seemed enough. And since the end of business, I’ve had to step back. Even though I’ve had a reawakening in my own eyes and self- reflection, that doesn’t mean that societal pressures don’t still loom. People judge by physical appearances. Point blank. Even though I am a lover and eternal optimist, that doesn’t mean I’m naïve enough to be ignorant to this fact.
And so I practice. I practice eating gluten-free, it truly is my lifestyle (just ask them at work, I’m the crazy baker who never tries anything that I make). I practice shopping at the market. I practice making better choices today. I practice nourishment. I practice recipe creations. I walk. I hike. I meditate. I do my kettlebells. I hit a yoga mat. I practice being happy and content. I am healthy. I am strong. I am flexible. And I step out of my comfort zone. If something challenges me, I go for it. So I have group eating issues? Let me schedule dinners with my friends. Shoot out a group text: Hey I’m playing with some new tortilla recipes, want to come over and have dinner. Or I haven’t seen you in a while, let’s watch a movie and make dinner. Go to Pulse and then home for a meal. Or schedule a post pool lunch. Or leaving the market with an extra pizza crust, I’ll look at the boyfriend and see if he wants to go home and make his and hers pizzas. Meet a new neighbor who doesn’t like cooking? Invite them over for dinner. Let’s get to know each other over a meal. Even better, I’ll add an activity. Since I long for connection to my food. I long for that connection with people too. I want to visit and talk with my friends. I want to super charge my creativity. Why not invite my art friends over to paint a canvas and eat tacos? Food, fun, and art all in one.

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Make a connection to your food. Make a connection to people while you eat. Don’t always eat alone. Eat in the crowd. Eat among friends. Eat with your partner. Step out of your comfort zones. Here are some of the tortillas I’ve made lately. Usually I am all about pizza, but I have made a shift lately into the land of tacos. One day they didn’t have plantains, so I dabbled into the realm of sweet potato tortillas, and they were even BETTER!

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Plantain Tortillas

  • 2 plantains (I typically try and get more brown ones, they process better)
  • 1 local pasture, raised egg
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

How to Make it Happen: Process all the ingredients. Adjusting flour according to the wetness of the base. Grease a cookie sheet. Spoon plantain mix onto a sheet. Even flatten out into a circle. Bake at 400. Flip halfway through. Make sure they are golden on each side.

Sweet Potato Tortillas

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 local, pasture-raised egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper

How to Make it Happen: Boil sweet potatoes in water. Drain. Peel. Toss it all in a food processor. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Even spread into a circle. Bake at 400 until golden on each side. Fill with WHATEVER you want!

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One thought on “Tacos, Connections, and Art

  1. Let me say after reading this that I am so glad you are “connected”! What a joy you are! And you always get me thinking! Thanks!

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