May’d me Smile on May 18 – Meeting a brand new friend for lunch.
When you’re little, finding someone who also likes “pink” is enough to solidify an amazing friendship – resulting in slumber parties, lipsync sessions and hours on the phone. As an adult I’ve been lucky to maintain some of those old friendships, formed over playing My Little Ponies, but creating those special connections is a little more elusive in my everyday life. However, I recently worked on a project that brought together an interesting group of people – including one woman who was vegetarian, a runner, a knitter and a lover of board games! Be still my heart…a kindred spirit. We quickly made lunch plans and chatted away our hour over fresh rolls and mango salad.
As grateful as I am for all of the friends I get to physically spend time with, my life is also enriched by the virtual friendships I have established over the years. The internet is a wonderful place to find other people who share your common interests. All of those things you thought made you unique have been “googled” by thousands of other people. Blogs allow us a look into each others lives, we share people’s highs and lows and find out what they ate along the way.
Today, I wanted to share three great salads created by three fantastic food bloggers who I would love to share a meal with. I believe making someone else’s recipe brings a little piece of that person into your enjoyment of the dish. So many people experience the memories they hold of mothers and grandmothers when they prepare that person’s favourite meal. The women who’s recipes I’m sharing tonight all promote health and wellness through whole plant foods and a balanced approach to life. I hope one day we’ll share a table and chat all about the virtues of greens and good friends.
First up, I enjoyed Ricki’s Bittersweet salad (a recipe that has evolved from restaurant chefs and her friend Caroline Dupont). Dandelion greens provide a bitter base but the tahini dressing adds a richness and the slices of apple provide a hit of sweetness in each bite. Ricki’s blog Diet, Desserts and Dogs is an incredible resource for healthy, delicious vegan recipes.
I appreciate how lucky I am that women from New York, LA and the GTA have all brought such deliciousness into my life without even knowing it. The internet is an amazing tool that can help us to find and learn from people who can inspire us to try new things and reach for new goals. And…if you know that I’m coming for lunch I would suggest whipping up one of these salads. I’m easily impressed by a bowl full of massaged greens. Some people delight in the decadence of massaged Kobe beef…I’d much prefer you spend five minutes rubbing your hands through a big bowl of leaves.
So, are there blogs or websites you read for culinary inspiration? I plan to share a number of the ones that inspire me over the next few weeks. There are so many amazing people out there sharing their passions for living compassionate, delicious lives.
Are there blogs or websites you enjoy for the trials and tribulations shared by the author?
If you could share lunch with anyone tomorrow who would you choose? What would you make?