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Sunday, April 6, 2014

31 DAYS OF ART: THE ART OF DINING IN: A CROCKPOT RECIPE YIELDS SURPRISING REVELATION

For the worker bees amongst us, Saturdays are usually reserved for running errands, household chores and perhaps some family time and/or entertainment.  Not over here.  Not for me.  Not anymore that is... 

***FLASH BACK BLOGGING***

It was a Friday night.  Valentine's Day.  I just finished a commissioned painting and was meeting up with a friend for the drop off at the local Starbucks (2 pts for oxymoron).  Rather than be mopped around several times while trying to have a conversation about religion, race and politics we left and headed to what I like to call Starbucks after dark.  

This is B-town's (the city of Burien) hottest night club for entrepreneurs closing international deals, over caffeinated students cramming for exams, teens just trying to be trendy with a frappuccino and where last call is at 10:59PM.  Score!  With the pop music blasting and the hypnotic hissing sounds of the espresso machine, we continued our deep conversation.  It made me think about the Ten Commandments and how many I actually followed.   Stay tuned for a future confessional blog post...

Before you get all "judgy,"  I will have you know that I only missed 1.  That of course was the 4th Commandment: Remember the Sabbath, keep it holy.  Other than that, my record was cleaner than the floors at the first Starbucks we went to. 

***PRESENT DAY BLOGGING***


I have been honoring the Sabbath Day now for 7 weeks!  All I know is that, working/creating for 6 days straight and then allowing yourself one full day of rest is THEE BEST IDEA EVER!  

A full day from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, where I get to say, I can't be bothered with laundry, cooking, errands etc., is empowering and I am completely RECHARGED.

So, with no cooking going on, I still had to eat.  As you know, I am working hard to kick my cereal habit as I start my new cookingship.  

This is where thee best idea for an invention called the crockpot makes its entrance.  Crockpots need ingredients and I forgot to go shopping before sundown so I made the most of what I had on hand.
Recipe for Sabbath Soup Crockpot Recipe

  • 1 potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped set aside some for garnish)
  • 1 cube of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of red quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice,
  • 1/2 cup of jasmine rice
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato basil marinara
  • 1 pouch of taco seasonings
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tbs garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 8 cups of water
  • time (not thyme but just time to rest, duh! are you paying attention?)

Throw all of this into the crockpot before Friday sundown.  Set the dial on low and when you wake up you have a tasty pot of Sabbath Soup!  Actually, it thickens up so it is more like a stew.  Pair with your favorite crackers and you are set.

As I sat and enjoyed my day of rest, I realized that I become a crockpot of sorts when the sun goes down.  Whatever thoughts, lessons, revelations, etc., I have taken in for the week that is what marinates in the crockpot of my soul.   If turn my internal settings to low and look at things for what they are, the bitterness of self judgment "cooks out."  As the lessons simmer, by Saturday sundown I emerge with a new recipe for self reflection which makes for an even more delicious individual! 

How do you spend your Saturdays?  Do you ever allow yourself time to rest?  What's the last thing you made in your crockpot?  Tell me in the comments.  Here are 77 more crockpot recipes to try on your next day of rest.  If you have any recipes to share, please do! 

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