So I smile as I stare down at the tangle of vegetables on my cutting board: three rubbery carrots, a pale, limp celery stalk and a few bruised and beyond their prime turnips. In my kitchen, old vegetables are actually a bonus. If they're not moldy or completely desiccated and wrinkled, they usually end up in a stew or braise where they add a nice sweetness. And since they're partially dehydrated, they seem to absorb the flavors of whatever I throw in the pot with them. Today that would be some leftover red wine and a pound of pork sausage meat. And a can of stewed tomatoes, maybe some mushrooms if I make it out to the store. A few, deliciously scented hours later, a proper dinner is ready.
And so, too, in this life we have the opportunity to change and transform ourselves. The constant stream of choices and challenges that make up our day cook us into something hopefully tasty, or at least interesting. My advise is to be careful about what you throw away and see instead if you can't transform the unwanted and bothersome bits and pieces. It may seem easier just to toss them away, but it is infinitely more powerful (and wise) to see if we can't somehow use them up instead.
Besides, we can't really throw anything away, including those old vegetables. We think they're gone forever but really we're just moving them to another location which (we know this) we're bound to stumble into sooner or later. So may you find the magic of alchemy in your kitchen today and turn a handful of ordinary vegetables, and maybe even your day or (what the heck) your life, into a feast beyond compare.
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