Seasonal Fruit Salad in Spicy Watermelon Broth
I am finding myself overrun with peaches and tomatoes. I can’t help but buy them when I see them or accept them from neighbor’s burgeoning gardens. The fruits are in abundance, ripening quickly and ready for me to enjoy them. I have found just about every way to use them and this is one of my quick favorites. One peach and one Roma tomato per bowl, bathing in a rich gazpacho-like broth of watermelon and tomato, sprinkled with salt, dried button flowers, and a few drops of olive oil. It’s the simple, uncomplicated flavors of the present. Seasonal menus are a thing of beauty.
I am trying to move with the seasons. I hate getting too wrapped up in expectations for the future but this is my personality’s natural tendency. I don’t like looking back and missing moments that were happening around me. So I need to remind myself to be. Just as I am trying to consume food that is in season, I, myself, need to make sure that I am in season. Meaning, I need to be present in the current time I am living in. I have trouble with this, having the personality type afflicted with day-dreaming and future-thinking and wanting to strong arm all of my plans and ideas. I have to frequently lasso my brain back to now. My reminders to self are like this:
“Jess. Stop planning everything you want to do with The Satisfied Cook and just create something in your kitchen with your children today.”
“JESS. Must I scream at you for you to listen? For just a moment, stop thinking about what you want to say and listen to the person who is speaking. Really hear it. Listen so you can help them feel seen today.”
“Jess. This plate in front of you is really beautiful and you to shovel this down your gullet. Slow down and just savor, you hedonistic Glutton.”
The reminders help. I also look a little crazy when I say them aloud instead of in my head.
One of the reasons I need these reminders right now is because we are not staying in Boise long-term like we had originally planned. We love it here, but we are not staying. Just about the time we were going to settle in and really put roots down, life had other plans. Intuition is, yet again, redirecting us and this time we are circling back home to Oklahoma sometime in the Spring. And I really miss friends and family back home and secretly, I want to strong-arm this season and get back there sooner than later. Deep down, I know that would be an incredible disservice to the time we have left here. After all, I really do love Boise and have met some incredible people here that I know, undoubtedly, we were supposed to meet. Here is an amazing opportunity to practice being “in season.” A temporary garden to grow in. After all, “the grass is always greener” exactly where you decide to water and let the sun shine in the moment. Right where you decide to be.