“The theme of today’s yoga practice is: Get quiet, live loud,” proclaimed the yoga teacher A. Yes, there is always a theme that is supposed to focus our minds to facilitate the body movements during the yoga session. Even after an hour, my mind seemed to be stuck on the dichotomy between quiet and loud. Or is it yin and yang?
At IHCC this week, we continue to feature Jacques Pepin’s recipes, but with a twist. We are not cooking to his best known dishes, which are French. We are traveling the globe and cooking any Pepin’s non-French recipes. Sounds like fun. I chose something from the Far East: Asian eggplant salad, found in Pepin’s Fast Food My Way. A dish with eastern influence composed with the sensibility of a western, or French, chef. Well, why not?
I spotted these really nice purple eggplants, just perfect for a light dish of eggplant salad for a hot summer day. There are only two steps: roasting the eggplants in the oven and making the Asian dressing. It was fast and easy. I roasted one eggplant, making half of the recipe. Lunch service for one in quietude. What I didn’t expect was the incredible balance of flavor in this simple salad. That's huge!
Like getting quiet inside in order to live a balanced life loud and clear. Thank you, A. I got it... Or not?