What I’m Grateful For: Leeks, and Other New Vegetables
So earlier this spring, a neighbor messaged that she had an extra flat of leek starts and would I want to plant them. “Sure!” I said, even though I have never actually cooked a leek and only had a vague idea of what they were. As summer wore on, the leeks got slowly bigger and bigger. Finally last week a few were ready to harvest. And so I started looking for a few recipes and wow, was I impressed with the Caramelized Leek and Bacon Flatbread Pizza, and then even more happy with the Leek Potato Bacon Chowder! (Yes, bacon is a staple in my kitchen, that is indeed correct.)
But what I realized was that a new ingredient can become a whole journey of recipes and treats to attempt and taste and improve upon. And I’m so grateful that my neighbor overdid her leek-start buying spree, so that I could enjoy trying something new to explore.
What I’m Reading: I’m almost done with The Distracted Mind. I’m finally past all the interesting, but pretty scientific, background information about how our brains process, multi-task (or more accurately task-switch) and prefer to behave with our anxious, bored, easily distracted brains. Now the good stuff – what to do. One of the best ideas I read so far (but have failed to implement!) was to power off your phone and PUT IT IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR while driving. That seemed remarkably effective, but also incredibly severe. After all, bluetooth! I love how the solutions to each problem are addressed via the four pillars that the book identifies as essential to taming the distracted mind: #1 Increase metacognition (or awareness, understanding and knowledge about the distraction, #2 decrease accessibility to the distraction, #3 decrease boredom inherent in the task or process (boredom makes us crave – wait for it – a distraction) and #4 decrease anxiety (over a missed call, urgent email, etc etc). Great book, if fairly in depth.
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Quote I’m Pondering: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” –Will Durant