And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. –Ronald Dahl
Fresh spring asparagus loves to be cooked in a wok. Quickly seared, on high heat for a short amount of time leaves it snappy, flavorful and vibrantly green. Paired with mushrooms, garlic and ginger, this is one of my all time favorite asparagus recipes- perfect as a healthy side dish, served with fish or chicken. Or, for a fast delicious, vegan and gluten free meal, add crispy tofu. Even Brian loves crispy tofu, it’s so good. Drizzle with a few drops of toasted sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds for a boost of earthy umami flavor. Best of all, if you are organized, it can be made fast— 15 minutes flat!
On the home front–this last glorious week was spent digging in the dirt, planting starts and seeds and readying the beds for this season’s harvest. I am constantly reminded how my mental state of mind is directly correlated with time spend outside in the natural world. As a child, pulling weeds was my parents form of torture and punishment. Now it has become a reward. Being outside, my mind seems to settle down and rest, and I begin again to feel the connection to the earth and to all of life. As I worked in the garden, one thought kept coming up repeatedly.