Today was a MONDAY, one of ‘those’ Mondays. After a really busy day at work plus the heat and humidity, I came home feeling sticky, cranky and crabby. I kept thinking of all the things that I should get done and it my mood turned even darker and more sour. I stood in the middle of my apartment unsure if crying or throwing something would make me feel better. Yes, I needed an intervention.
And that intervention started with a cantaloupe. A cantaloupe that needed to be cut up and refrigerated before the heat turned it into a biology experiment on my counter. Knife in hand, a deep breath and the pungent sweetness of the cantaloupe and the movement of slicing into the ripe fruit began to shift my focus. Doing a little QA (quality assurance) by eating the pieces that missed the container from the cutting board brought awareness that I was hungry. Low blood sugar=crankypants.
The last thing I wanted to do was make it any hotter by cooking but a well stocked fridge from weekend shopping yielded a Quinoa Salad on a bed of lettuce lightly tossed with basil olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar. Figs from Trader Joe’s along with some chevre and prosciutto filled my plate.
While giving the Quinoa Salad 30 minutes to chill I threw together some dessert that I am bringing over to a friend’s house. Again, going with the “cooking cold” idea I was inspired by some sliced, frozen chocolate covered bananas that I had at a retreat and the Detoxinista’s Healthier Peanut Butter Eggs. I figured I was melting dark chocolate anyway, why not do double duty dipping? My adaptations to the original recipe included using raw almond butter rather than peanut butter, making them a bit smaller (yield 8 + a QA tester rather than 6 in the original recipe) and double dipped the almond butter eggs taking into the account the feedback I got from coworkers about wanting more chocolate.
End result? Had dinner, QAed the chocolate covered almond egg, successfully cooked cold, re-balanced blood sugar while doing cooking meditation, no more crankypants! Oh, bananas passed QA too.