One of my favorite things to share with you is breakfast. Usually the most basic of the daily meals, it can be so elegant in it’s simplicity. Working in the service industry I can tell you that the pressure’s always on when it comes to food looking refined,  but sometimes it’s the fried eggs you cooked for breakfast or the bowl of noodles you threw together that look the most photograph worthy.

This week I spoke on the phone to the Mom, who was in a particularly nostalgic mood. Did you know that the reason I moved from the lower mainland Vancouver area to grow up in a tiny little town in the middle of the BC Kootenays, was because of some creepy pedophile in a grey van driving around my childhood neighborhood trying to snatch up us little kids? Of course you didn’t! Because I myself didn’t know! Boy, the things you learn about your childhood when you’re already 30. It gets me to thinking… yes our lives are a result of the choices we’ve made a thousand times over, but they’re also a result of choices others have made for us. Think of a time a choice was made in your life, by you or someone close to you. Something just somewhat significant. Then think of what happened in your life soon after that decision was made. And after that.

And after that.

Think about how where you are in life right now is a result of that choice being made in the past. Would you be sitting wherever you are right now, with whomever surrounds you, reading this, if that past choice had been different? I firmly believe in trying to live outside your comfort zone, for taking chances and making decisions is what propels us forward in life. We can live the same life, in the same frame of mind, in the same surroundings, if we want to. We can live that way forever. We can be stagnant if we want to. But I’ve never chosen to be stagnant for any longer than a short period of time in my life. And I wasn’t raised by someone who choses to live passively either. For this I am thankful.

At times I feel like I’m blowing through life from one exciting adventure to the next, living all over the place. Moving, moving, working a lot, taking a lot of chances, making a lot of big decisions in life. After a few years of this one starts to feel nostalgic, absolutely. Wondering if you’ve drifted too far from friends and family and the comforts of your original home. But… this isn’t the case. When I stop to think about where I started, where I’ve been, and where I’ve ended up today, I can’t help but feel good about it. I know too many people who live passively, who just exist within their lives. Living outside of your comfort zone and the opportunities that come with that lifestyle far surpass any stagnant life you may be tempted to live. The benefits are endless.

What have I learned? You can always go home. Home isn’t really going anywhere, and neither are your real friends and your family. You can always go home when you miss it, but you can’t make up for a life unlived. And another thing’s for sure: I can’t wait to get on that plane to go home at the end of June! (There you go Mom, I wrote something personal this time. No blank post with just a recipe!)

What choices have you made that scared you, but that turned out to open up your life in ways unimagined?

Poppyseed Dijon Vinaigrette     serves 2

1/4 cup              olive oil

2 TB                   apple cider vinegar

1+1/2 tsp           poppyseeds

1 tsp                  dijon mustard

3 pinches           salt

3 pinches           sugar

1 lil’squeeze       honey

-Place all ingredients in a sealed container (I use mason jars for all my dressings) and shake until smooth.

-Pour over salads, sliced vegetables, or simply… anything at all.

-Keep in the fridge for a week or so, bringing to room temperature and shaking vigorously before each use.


Posted by:Ashley

8 replies on “Poppyseed Dijon Vinaigrette

  1. Wonderfully authentic reflection. Thanks for sharing. In a way, reminded me of what author Pat Conroy (“Prince of Tides;” “Great Santini”…) did in writing a favorite recipes book – he interspersed it with his travels and personal reflections. One of my favorites was his story about his English teacher conspiring with him to lie to his very stern father about his love of writing. I don’t recall whether the recipe was in any way associated with that essay.

    I continue to enjoy your foodie pics and recipes – your reflections enhance the richness of the blog.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I’m not familiar with Pat Conroy’s work, but I’ll have to look into it. I appreciate your taking the time to comment and reflect a little yourself! Have a great afternoon.

  2. My husband and I agree that all adventures start with or contain some degree of risk. It is certainly more comfortable to live a “safe” life (as if we really have control over what happens to us). Good for you for taking chances and living a rich life.

  3. Fabulous post…I have a bookcase of recipe books in my kitchen and those that I treasure most (and use often) are those weaved with tales alongside the recipes. Although I’ve lived in mainly the same place I’ve been very diverse with how and where I work, always having adventures. Now that I’m 40 I’m ready to be more structured in my work life, however I’m planning to keep the adventures coming and split my time between two countries ✈️

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