Gratitude meal

This was an idea I got from a recipe by Anni Daulter from her cookbook called, “The Organic Family Cookbook”. She recommends an actual gratitude jar when you get invited to her dinner of roasted chicken with dark chocolate dipping sauce. Think of the movie, “Chocolat”, with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, where the birthday dinner party eats chicken with chocolate. I have always wondered what that would taste like. It is as rich and wonderful as you might imagine.

But that chicken and chocolate dinner was my idea. And since I do all the cooking in our family, it was kind of like asking for compliments, or even demanding them.

Cut to Easter. My daughter has enough appreciation of food and celebration to understand that something special could be requested. And so she did. Raclette.

We have elevated the traditional Swiss creation to a whole new level. We like to challenge each other to see who can come up with the best “taste sensation”. It is only fitting that my daughter won the prize tonight – nachos.

She disappeared into the kitchen and came back to the table with a handful of taco chips. Crushed slightly into her tray with some cheese and toppings. I don’t know if I have ever been more proud of her.

So I guess, over the course of this week, I have learned gratitude. I don’t need to write it down on a note paper and slip into a jar to remember later. I lived the lesson of not having enough appreciation, and then understanding what it feels like to be full.

Things we have here for our raclette dinner:

  • broccoli, blanched in salted water
  • sliced tomatoes
  • olives
  • roasted yellow bell peppers and jalapenos
  • farmers sausage
  • chorizo, my daughter dips that in honey
  • caramelized onions
  • sliced mushrooms
  • roasted baby potatoes, sliced
  • pickled, sliced, garlic scrapes
  • roasted garlic
  • sweet gherkins
  • shrimp
  • organic, local beef
  • havarti
  • gruyère
  • crumbled gorgonzola
  • and the taco chips…

Drift Away

The past week has been tough. Even though I was not travelling, somehow settling back into a good routine was difficult. Around Wednesday, it occurred to me that I was not thinking of anything that could be put down into words for “The Good Life List”. Well that’s a problem.

Then last night as I was driving home from Christmas shopping with my son, we heard – “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray. My son asks, (as usual), what is the name of this song and who sings it? I couldn’t remember. But I knew, in a few clicks on my computer, I would.

In all fairness to my memory, the song was released in 1973 when I was just three years old. However, the reason I do know this song so well is that it became quite an iconic song. It was covered by many big acts and was often used as filler for the last song, in preparation for an encore.

There was something about the lyrics that put a real smile on my face for the first time all week.

Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me
I want you to know I believe in your song
And rhythm and rhyme and harmony
You help me along
Makin’ me strong

Oh, give me the beat boys and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock n roll
And drift away

Grab this song from iTunes and enjoy!