I’ve said it before, I find solace in the kitchen. If it weren’t for being vegan and having a vigorous exercise program thanks to https://www.dallasironfitness.com, it could be a real problem. Like most of you I’ve been consumed by the news lately watching the unimaginable unfold in real time. Experiencing any form of disaster can be overwhelming even for those of us who are not directly affected. Feelings of restlessness, heartache, and a sense of uselessness led me straight to my kitchen, where I’ve been finding peace of mind in the form of cooking.
I’ve watched and been amazed at the acts of humanity extending beyond the walls that typically separate us as fellow human beings. I’ve witnessed what lies at the core of every person, an ability to show love and extend a helping hand in difficult times. How sweet the world would be if we could continue to show such kindness once the storm blows over.
May I suggest you spend sometime on the thing that brings you peace of mind too. Also use whatever resources you have, small or big, to help those in need. We all have the ability to do something for others suffering even in your neck of the woods. Reach out to your local homeless or animal shelter. Sign up to be a volunteer for the Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer, so that you’re ready when the next disaster happens. Help gather food for your local food bank, or clothing distribution at the Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/ways-to-give/.
There’s a inner gratification one gets in helping others. My own recent experiences have had a big impact on my perspective; my heart has been a bit hardened through the process, but it has also been widely opened. I’ll be making some changes moving forward that might or might not be apparent. One thing you can be sure of, this cup view will always remain half full.
With fall at the doorstep, I recently made a batch of my BF’s Pumpkin Bread, which you can find in my archives here: http://katmendenhall.com/kats-bfs-pumpkin-bread/ . Talk about comforting!
The below recipe was created from my attempt to cook more with tempeh. Tempeh is fermented soybeans, mildly flavored with a unique texture. Although a little higher in calories than tofu, it’s packed with protein and fiber. It’s hearty and will satisfy an avid meat lover too. The tempeh in this recipe is simply cooked separately, which makes it versatile.
Give it a try and let me know what you created.