The Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge posted this past Friday is Create.
Things are created in so many ways – In nature, we see the creation of valleys and mountains. Through plants we see creations as delicate as floral aromas and as strong as redwood forests. Animals create things as large as coral reefs and as small as spider webs. All part of the grand design.
We humans design and create a little more deliberately – with words and music, with visual, structural, electronic, and tactile media. With natural and synthetic elements. We’re always trying to create something new, or something we think will be better. Hybrid plants and animals, new building materials, new sounds.
Of course, one of our oldest creative outlets around the world is cooking. Although regionally we may have had relatively finite resources, we can now rework those resources in new combinations and methods of preparation. We adapt something from one culture’s cuisine into another’s. Or we try nutmeg in something where we’d normally add cumin… and suddenly the possibilities seem nearly endless.
My beloved and I have recently been following an anti-inflammatory diet that has limited some of the possibilities we used to have. As a result, we’ve had to get creative with our meal preparations – learning to use different spice combinations and condiments. I started with adding curry to a few sort of bland meals. Following are some meals we made using curry, lemon, avacados, tomatoes, and apples.
Spinach omelet & Avacado, tomato, cranberry, apple, walnut curry salad on a bed of spinach; Tuna, lemon, celery, apple curry lettuce wraps.
Curried Salmon, with basmati rice and salad of spinach, tomato, avacado, and apple, dressed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and curry.
These are just a few of the things we came up with using curry. We’ve also used fresh basil and some other spices and herbs to tweak chicken, fish, and salad dishes… and then there’s the variety of flavors we’ve added to our breakfast fruit smoothies….
Anyway – that’s our most recent foray into creativity… To see what other bloggers came up with for this challenge, click here!