I stand on a firm belief that food has the power to change us. I choose to believe that the best of life is at the table. There is no purpose in bad coffee or a tomato that is not straight from the garden. Laughter is the best when around the dinner table. People who love to eat are my kind of people. The best kitchen tool is a blowtorch.
Food is my thing, I am most comfortable in the kitchen than in any other area of my life. The kitchen is a place I am not afraid to be courageous even if it means failure. Cooking elaborate meals with no instructions brings me so much life, especially when I get to serve them to my people. I use most recipes as a guideline and my mind is constantly racing with new ideas. I recently started an herb garden (to which I discovered that gardening is not my thing). My herb garden housed cilantro for a brief stint of time. Cilantro is one of those herbs that I could find an use for in everything. Trust me, I just made a sherbet using pineapple and cilantro.
I hosted a dinner party last week because I am learning the beauty of being present over being perfect (and cooking for one is the worst). So as my friends showed up, I was in the process of burning tilapia and fighting with eggs whites to peak for a souffle. But this salsa made up for all the potential disaster that goes into planning a dinner party. So easy, so good, and so so refreshing.
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (I bought the prepackaged seeds in the produce aisle)
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 mango, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime (or grapefruit)
juice of 1/2 orange
1/4ish cup of chopped cilantro
1 chopped avocado
salt, to taste
Mix together. That’s it! I poured it over a coconut crusted tilapia one night, a grilled chicken the next, then I ate it straight from the bowl for breakfast one morning. Because, why not?
All went well with the dinner. Here is an instagram from dinner with a good filter and presentation to prove it: