The Salad You Need Right Now
I don’t know about you, but I could use a salad right about now. A nice fresh, crisp salad that is cold and lacking in my main diet staples these last few weeks – butter and booze. I like to call this the season of too many and too much. Too many parties and celebrations, too much food and drink. Pair all that with too little rest and you have a recipe for exhaustion and possibly gout.
Last week I photographed ruby-toned pomegranates for a client. I worked diligently, prying apart the sections and watching the plump seeds fall into a bowl one and two at a time. My hands and cutting board were stained with the sweet crimson stuff, but I didn’t mind. I was in a groove. I was working alone in my kitchen, my only companion a stream of tunes from a carefully cultivated Pandora station (it was Gotye that day, I think). I stopped for a moment to breathe it in – happiness, belonging, joy. I was exactly where I needed to be, doing what I like to do. Nice.
And then one half rolled right onto the floor spraying seeds everywhere. Pom down. Fun done. It looked like a fruit murder scene. A smattering of smashed red seeds sprawled out in an incriminating pattern. Their juice puddled around the site. Is there a bigger buzz kill than a messy kitchen clean up? Since I was already snapped out of my zone, I took a break for lunch. This is what I ate.
You can probably guess how to make this citrus pomegranate salad just by looking at the picture, but I wrote up a recipe anyway figuring you’d want to know how I dressed it. Enjoy!
Just in case you are as crazy about music as I am, I put together a list of best tracks for 2013 on Spotify (find me: aliciasokol, then find my playlist “Best Tracks of 2013”). These are the songs that have inspired me as I’ve taught classes at barre3, snapped away produce photos in my kitchen or skulked about coffee shops as a wanna-be hipster. Most of these songs were released in 2013, but a few were just discovered by me this year and are in fact not that new.
I’m signing off for 2013. It’s been real, loveys. Thanks for following along and I can’t wait to see what fun is in store for 2014! I wish you happiness, health, laughter and love.