I often find myself flitting between two seasons. I do happen to live in a State that seems to only bring winter and summer, with more of the first. There is no mild weather here; we are freezing cold to blazing hot, with only a handful of perfect days in between (those days where the warm, breezy afternoons make their way into a cool, breezy evenings…) But here and now it is mostly cold, always cold. I find myself feeling the same inside. There times where my head and heart are racing with words and ideas and it’s all I can do to keep up with them, but mostly I feel snowed in. The words are there but buried, and I can’t dig them up and place them in sentences.
But there has been a small break through, one word jotted down on the corner of some crumbled paper on my desk: core. My heart has been beating it through me all week, over and over; it courses along with my blood: core. Here, buried in snow, waiting for spring; here, where unending white blankets bring silence to all streets; here and now is the time to focus on the core.
The core of me: of my mind, my soul, my body.
1/3 cup fresh squeezed citrus juice (from oranges, lemons, limes, or grapefruit)
2-5 tablespoons sugar or honey (see note)
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
Mix or shake ingredients together.
Mixed Greens with Citrus Dressing
Sautéed Swiss chard with dried cherries, goat cheese, pine nuts, + grapefruit dressing
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and center ribs cut out and chopped, and leaves coarsely chopped separately
grapefruit-honey-olive oil dressing (recipe above)
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
goat cheese, crumbled
handful of dried cherries