You know how you are so 100% sure of an idea or have had something on the forefront of your mind and at your most sleepy moment rays come down from the sky and you have full clarity? And then all of a sudden you go about your day and your confidence in your idea begins to waiver and get muddled with all the day to day, overthinking, analyzing, and possibly even forgotten. Why do we do this to ourselves? Allow insecurity and other’s opinions begin to blow our stable umbrella parked in the sand begin to blow inside out and fly away? Of course, sharing our ideas with others is a great way to get feedback, as long as you’re presenting it in the correct light and sharing with someone you trust will have your best interest at hand. Another perspective can always help offer challenges you may not have seen, but ultimately you know when it’s right. We have that gut feeling that we just need to trust and not let outside influences bring us down.
This week I have been thinking a lot about my teaching career. This is the first year that I am not teaching and am actually in my home, not traveling. While I am not in traditional education anymore, I definitely am in the biz of educating, now just via various platforms. I am still very much passionate about sharing our gifts with others, hoping to inspire others to explore, experiment, and step out of their bubble. When I traveled internationally with students I saw such a transformation and a raised self-confidence in each student as they completed something that they didn’t think they were capable of. Not that this only happened during travel, this can happen in our every day lives, and I often saw it in art, cooking, sports, and tbh whenever someone excels at something in which they lacked confidence.
Remember learning to ride your bike? (I learned at the older age of 8!). Or how you nailed that job interview? Or figured out how to fix your garbage disposal all on your own? That feeling is unbeatable and accumulates with each accomplishment. Your parents didn’t care how many times you fell (well maybe b/c they didn’t want you to be scared or hurt, but not b/c they thought you were a failure). Who cares if we don’t get it on the first try? Or second? Or ever? We grow so much from pushing our limits and I always have so much fun reflecting on past experiences.
So go out and kick some ass and try something that may make you squirm a bit. Give camping a try, take a hike, go to a pottery class, call your mom (not you, mom!), ask for a raise, propose a new idea at work, etc. etc. etc. You get the point!
You should definitely try making homemade sourdough…that’s a non-negotiable.
This week I am adding to the Naturally Nourished Travel Series I started last year when we embarked on our multi-month honeymoon, showing that eating while traveling can be fun, healthy, and simple.
I was inspired to make this shakshuka after camping with two buddies we met from Israel, who were driving through Southern Africa in a Land Cruiser they bought in Johannesburg. They talked about how they made shakshuka on a regular basis on the braii, aka the BBQ. We planned to make it together, but unfortunately time was not on our side and I had to drool over their description of making it instead of doing it together. However, thanks to my food obsessed self, I took notes on how to make it and decided that one day I would. And a year later, I did just that! It may not be typical lacking the traditional spices, but I did not bring my spice cabinet with me and relied on spiced tomato sauce, and it was still delicious. I thankfully did have homemade sourdough from Mr. CN to dip.
Possibly, Definitely my favorite part of the dish is dipping into it with the bread!
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 3/4 of 25 oz. jar tomato sauce , flavor of choice
- 5-6 eggs
- 2 slices high quality bread
Start a small fire in your fire pit. Our cooking grate only took up a small part of the fire pit so we positioned the fire under this.
Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet on the fire pit grate.
Sauté diced onions in the skillet until soft, about 3-4 minutes.
Add diced peppers and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Add tomato sauce and heat for 1-2 minutes.
Crack eggs into the tomato sauce leaving room between each one. Cover skillet and allow to cook until eggs are set, around 8-10 minutes. The time will vary depending on the size of fire, but keep checking and you will see when the whites are set.
In the meantime, toast bread next to skillet for 1-2 minutes on each side.
Remove skillet and set on a trivet or cloth on the picnic table. Dip your bread into the shakshuka. Enjoy!
Feel free to add spices that you happen to have with you such as harissa, cumin, red pepper flakes to add the spice that shakshuka usually carries. You can also beef it up a bit by adding some garbanzo or white beans!