Blog 131 – 22.4.20…Always in the soup

Does anyone know how to preserve fresh coriander? The bunches and packs they come in are far too big to use all at once. Today I had to use up my tired bag of coriander before it got beyond its useful life…and I used the government’s free bag of carrots (see https://aintwegotitmade.wordpress.com/2020/04/20/blog-130-20-4-20-suppose-this-is-a-miracle/

to make Carrot & Coriander soup using this Delia Smith recipe https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/soups/carrot-and-coriander-soup. Henceforth I shall call this soup ‘Government Soup’…

An Eckhardt Tolle youtube video reminded me of a book I read about 30 years ago called ‘The Road Less Travelled’….very famous book which opens as follows:

“Once we truly know that life is difficult — once we truly understand and accept it — then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

Don’t think I understood it at the time. Sounded to me like it required me to expect the worst and be pessimistic…which is not really me. Mr. Tolle helped elucidate..apparently we are here precisely in order to experience the difficulties/challenges of existence…once we know and accept this to be the case, why should we expect anything else?…and if you accept that life amounts to a series of regular challenges…well then that’s normal …and ceases to be difficult…cos it’s just the norm. You can just ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’…and deal with any challenge when it’s in front of you, I guess. Becoming anxious about future possible scenarios or ruminating over an unpleasant past is not going to contribute to your effectiveness or well-being. At least I think that’s what they’re saying. It’s like walking barefoot along a pebbly beach and constantly expecting it…not to be pebbly;…well, you know…it’s pebbly…and when you accept that, you can stop resisting and wallowing in the unfairness of the pebbly pain..and maybe find a pair of flip-flops….

I do know this: human beings are ace problem-solvers. Ace. Challenges bring forth creativity and ingenuity…failures can be huge learning experiences…and we are all learning to be better and better via the twists and turns and dodgings of the pebbles life throws at us. This Thursday, in record-breaking time, The University of Oxford will be doing tests on human guinea-pigs, for a coronavirus vaccine https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-vaccine-uk-nhs-matt-hancock-latest-a9476901.html. It may be a while before we have a safe, usable vaccine…but we are on our way.

I didn’t have all the ingredients for the ‘Government Soup’ recipe so I took the risk of improvising and it was perfectly palatable and I’ve saved some manky coriander and a pile of carrots from languishing to death in the fridge drawer…yay!

jx

About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married to Jay and we live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtTgtkDLNys). Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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