Last weekend I lost a piece of myself… literally.
Under the mass of gauze and bandages, my left thumb looks something like this:
I’ll spare you the gory reality.
Lesson learned: unitask. Do just one thing at a time- what a novel concept. This is one of the beautiful things about cooking: it pretty much forces you to unitask. If you don’t, you risk missing out on the enjoyable parts of the process (and you might even lose part of yourself). Michael Pollan, as usual, says it best in Cooked:
When chopping onions, just chop onions.
A quote has never been so poignant for me.
At any given moment, one thousand things beg for our attention. Since multi-tasking is a myth, we could all likely benefit from removing a few distractions. This is the motivation behind our television-free house, turning off all push notifications on my iPhone, and only checking email during work hours (this last one is tough for me). Applying 100% of yourself to something might profoundly shift your productivity and experience. It’s something I’d like to do more often. We’ll talk more about this in our bi-weekly email coming out on Sunday (sign up at the end of this post).
Given my current circumstances, I needed a simple meal, one that required little coordination and minimal use of sharp objects. Lucky for me, ripe avocados can be sliced with a butter knife and this 2 Ingredient Strawberry Jam can be made with a fork.
Making jam sounds “artisan” (i.e dramatic and laborious). It doesn’t have to be. Make this raw 2 Ingredient Strawberry Jam to have on-hand for a sweet spread, overnight oats topping or to impress breakfast guests with your “mason jar-esque” lifestyle (and then be kind and share this easy recipe). Spread on toast with smashed avocado for a welcome twist.
- 1 packed cup strawberries (fresh trimmed or thawed from frozen)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon honey (optional; adjust sweetness to taste)
- In a bowl, combine ingredients and smash with a fork until you reach your preferred consistency.
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes to thicken.
- Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.