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2018 ~ The Year For Adventure

I do not make resolutions because I assure you that they will be broken before January 1st has come and gone. I just have trouble feeling confined and resolutions make me feel all boxed up. So, i just don't make them.

I do however sometimes create a theme for the year. It isn't something I consciously think about but rather something serendipitous that comes
along and gets my attention. My mom has always said that whatever you do on New Year's Day you will end up doing for the whole year. I have never actually seen that happen except where work was concerned but then...there is work if you know what I mean. It seems based on a single incident today that 2018 is going to be my year for adventure.

Many, many years ago like more than 30 I was reading the Tassajara Cookbook for the first time. The recipes looked absolutely scrumptious. I love cooking, and well, I love eating too. I couldn't wait to try my versions of many of the recipes until I came to a recipe where greens were cooked with apricots. I didn't eat greens at that time, except for spinach, and I was having a little trouble wrapping my brain around eating
spinach with apricots in it. Then I decided that it would be pretty good so I eventually tried stir frying spinach with onion and dried apricots. It was really tasty.

Following the recipe for greens and spricots was a suggestion to use bananas in your greens. Well, at that point I was about to roll around on the floor in total disbelief! Greens and bananas, oh yuck! I shuddered at the thought and continued to shudder at the thought over the years.

Since that first introduction to the idea of having fruit with greens I have had many fruits with greens and I don't just mean in smoothies. I have cooked greens with citrus fruits, pears, apples and pineapple to name a few. I have also used grapefruit and oranges in spinach salad as do many people. Greens and fruit make a very happen combination, especially in smoothies.

I also have started eating many other greens and hate that I missed eating them all of these years. In fact, my favorite greens are collards which I refused to even touch until one day I saw a nice looking bag of fresh chopped collards for .99 at Kroger's. Oh my, it was love at first bite. Now I am not sure I would like just anyone's collards but I sure like the ways that I cook them.

This brings us to today, January 1st, 2018. I have collards cooking because well, it is New Year's day and I need my collards for good luck. I also have several bananas that need to be eaten before they start getting brown spots on them. It was lunch time and I wanted to eat both. I wanted a banana and I wanted a bowl of greens. Suddenly Edward Espe Brown's suggestion to have bananas in greens came to my mind. At first I was like, "No way!" Then I was like, "Why not?"

I got a banana and a small bowl of collards. With no small amount of trepidation I put a little bit of banana on my spoon and then got a few collards on it. I decided that I was crazy but I took the bite. It was good. I was surprised but decided to go out on a limb a little more so I put a few slices of bananas in my bowl of greens stirred them in and ate them. Hey, this was really tasty. So I decided to go all out, I added my usual Creole seasoning and sports peppers to my greens then sliced the rest of the banana in, stirred it up good and took another bite. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness...wowzer, this was really, really good. I couldn't believe it. Wow, just wow. Bananas and greens are delicious together and I have missed eating them all of these years. Dang!

As I was enjoying my collards and banana I thought about my mom's saying, then decided that 2018 was going to be my year for adventure and stretching my boundaries. My life has been rather consticted the past several years and it is beyond time to stretch my wings a bit before they get to rusty for flying.

I am looking forward to my year of adventure delighted that it started with a banana and a humble little bowl of collards. Who'd thunk it?

Now, I wonder how much it will cost to book a trip to Machu Pichu or Barcelona even? LOL!!! Maybe I won't be quite that adventurous unless, of course, I win the Powerball.

Ciao Babes!

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 1st, 2018 09:00 pm (UTC)
collards and bananas
Way to go, any adventure makes things more interesting. I am not going to try this, but love it that you did!!!! Happy adventures in the new year.
ardeeeichelmann
Jan. 1st, 2018 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: collards and bananas
Thank you for your comment. I agree that any adventure makes things more interesting. I might take a new route to the store. I might read a book or watch a movie that I haven't see before. It doesn't have to be taking up mountain climbing it is just doing something new and different. Hey, I might get really crazy and try a new shampoo. You just never know what wild thing I might try next.

Cheers,

Ardee-ann
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