My favorite Parisian boulangerie is now stateside, albeit on the opposite coast. Maison Kayser has opened its first US outpost on New York’s Upper East Side. Eric Kayser is touted as having the best baguette in Paris, but my preference is the Tumeric loaf, which is bright yellow and filled with hazelnuts, though the olive bread is delicious too. If you’re in New York (or Paris), make a point to stop by. (There are multiple locations in Paris.) Now I just have to make a trip to New York and, oh yeah, get rid of the gluten allergy I developed while eating my way through Kayser’s repertoire in Paris.
The other day I was telling two of my friends separately about something that had happened in my life and both of them said somewhat sarcastically, “It’s a Christmas miracle.” Because they both said the exact same phrase, it got me to thinking about miracles and how we either don’t believe in them anymore or don’t see them. We of advanced modern scientific thinking don’t believe in miracles or can show scientifically why or how something happened, so nothing is considered a miracle anymore.
What is a miracle? There is so much of the world and even our brains that science can’t explain. Even Einstein said, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” If you think about it in metaphysical terms, both sides are true. Everything in life is a miracle, and if everything is a miracle, then it’s a common everyday occurrence, which means it’s not an extraordinary event, hence not a miracle. The joy is found in believing everything is a miracle, and life is about experiencing joy. It’s much easier to reach joy when you’re looking at something in wonderment as opposed to your average everyday sight.
Open up to all the possibilities, not just the ones you or someone you know has experienced. Who says you can’t move things with your mind or time travel? It’s not just in the movies. If you can imagine it, you can create. It’s not science fiction. It’s simply the power of the universe that is already present that we’re not tapping into out of fear or lack of belief. Believe in miracles and you’ll see the evidence every day in your life. Merry Christmas.
If you’ve been following my blog you know that I’ve been reading a lot lately, the quantity of which is a true testament to the sad and pathetic state of my social life. Though it’s not necessarily an improvement of my social life, I have started cooking more. The greens and potatoes that filled my CSA box over the winter are giving way to more summer vegetables that don’t lend themselves to being pureed altogether and just thrown in the refrigerator for later reheating. Consequently, I’ve been forced to make an effort again and find some new recipes to use up my box of veggies. Which is good. We all need to bring new and fresh things into our lives so we don’t fall into a boring rut.
I saw this recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book and thought it looked good. Since I had cauliflower, broccoli and romanesco on hand, I decided to throw them all in. I also ended up modifying the sauce because I didn’t have any seeded mustard, but overall this was really good.
Roasted Cauliflower & Garbanzo Beans
Adapted from It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow
1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained & dried
1 small head each of cauliflower, broccoli, and romanesco, cut into bite size pieces
2T Dijon mustard
1T white wine vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss together cauliflower, broccoli and romanesco with 3T olive oil and some sea salt. Pour onto baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 40-45 minutes, stirring halfway through, until browned.
Mix together the mustard, vinegar and 2T olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add more seasoning or oil to taste. Pour over roasted vegetables and serve.