As usual the most beautiful things happen in life because of a mistake. I set out to finally make the V8 juice that G and I have been wanting in our lives, a cooked variation of my mother’s recipe now that I got the old fashioned veggie strainer for Christmas. Also to get past G’s ever present Chron's disease … Hilarious to learn from various family members that the main ingredient of their recipe is tomato which my PA family members had by the buckets full from their gardens. I still haven’t figured out tomato gardening with our weird light angle in our garden or the fog, even if they were in season, and in any case we wanted more than the base recipe of tomato, celery, green onion, carrot, onions, so I bumped it up to 12 veggies, organic to boot, more dark greens (kale spinach Swiss chard) cooked them down adding very little water, no broth, and the flavor is amazing …. So were the colors. Yellow beets = happiness indeed.
So our V8 juice turned into Veggie Soup, aka, adult baby food.
And then G spontaneously tried it with sautéed beef and onions, and just sort of calmly said how delicious it was, but really, it was an understatement. It a power vegetable sauce that holds limitless combinations - ginger, garlic? - and could be the bed-base for so many things. Quinoa cakes, almost any meat and it stands alone beautifully. And it’s really easy to make.
Just like designing really … You have a thing and you work with it work with it and it’s just kind of blah, until there is a moment when you know you really nailed the design. I love how this happens probably in all areas of life, not just design … It’s probably what is meant when I hear ‘trust in the divine order of things’ that everything is constantly forming and that beauty always arrives … But of course we have to actively guide it and participate and ask for it … xoox