Sunday, April 16, 2017

Arugula Pistachio Pesto With Roasted Brussel Sprouts

It's been such a long time since I've sat down and written a blog post. I've approached my keyboard several times, opened up an empty post, started writing, and deleted it each time. Over the past few months, I have been struggling with hitting a creative block and I honestly don't believe it was only a creative block. I believe I've been battling small bouts of what I feel like could be seasonal depression. The only way that I can explain it is that I've felt like I've been under water. It comes in waves and isn't always as strong, but I finally feel like I've broken through that water and that I can actually breathe again. My desire for creativity is slowly coming back. Almost like that feeling of when your foot falls asleep and the numbness is finally wearing off--it's still tingles and is uncomfortable, but at least you can begin to make us of it again. I'm grateful to be on the other side of that. It's painful to feel so bogged down mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Spring came just in time bringing with it feelings of hope, joy, and new dreams to discover. 

I was able to approach my kitchen today and make use of an idea that stirred inside of me. I've been craving pesto. Honestly, I hate pesto. So you're probably wondering, then why are you craving it? It's the idea of it that I crave. It looks so creamy, vibrant, and delicious! I thought about the texture, all of the ingredients that are in the traditional pesto, and I realized that recreating it wouldn't be as challenging as it seemed. I could still access that nutty, full-bodied flavor, and still have a distinct bold flavor even without the basil. All I would need is a delicious bold leafy green, a crunchy nut, lots of parmesan cheese, garlic, and a little citrus. That's when the light bulb went off--arugula and pistachios! They are both equally flavorful and distinct in flavor and what better way to pair it with a crispy roasted brussel sprouts! 

It took me literally minutes to create and it left both of us just about licking our plates! This may just be a small step towards a place of accessing my creativity again, but it felt good to stretch into this. I hope that this encourages you to step into your kitchen and create today even if it's something small.