2. The thankfulness of others: A few weeks ago our upstairs neighbors were traveling abroad and asked us to water their garden. It was a small task that we happily did, expecting nothing but perhaps a verbal "thank you" when they returned. I was surprised when the other day I opened my front door to discover a sweetly handmade thank you card, a lovely bottle of French red wine, and some hand picked flowers in a vase with super smooth stones on the bottom. I'm not saying that being thankful needs to come in the form of gifts or objects, but the gesture was so kind and made me happy every time I saw the flowers or had a bit of wine with dinner. It means a lot when people reach out to show their appreciation.
photo by the lovely audrey hotchkiss5. My husband, Andrew: I am so very grateful for having met Andrew and am so glad that he is such a positive part of my life. Since we first met, I have felt so lucky to have someone so caring, kind, compassionate, and honest as my partner. I love being in love with him, and love sharing our lives together. It feels really wonderful to have his support in all of my endeavors, and I love having him taste test all of the recipes I make. I'm also very proud of him -- he's going back to school this autumn to get his second degree - in Electrical Engineering! This whole summer he's been working hard, studying algebra and trigonometry to be prepared for his calculus and science classes.
Today marks the first day of Andrew's summer cleanse -- he's going to do a kitchari cleanse, which is great for "cleansing the system and helps to strengthen memory," according to Vasant Lad in his book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies. Along with mung beans, vegetables, and ghee, Andrew is planning on including nuts and seeds in his diet. He is choosing not to have much rice, focusing mostly on the beans for energy and protein. This morning I made him a huge pot of mung beans to mix in with vegetables throughout the day and into tomorrow. To keep things interesting, I also made him mung bean kale patties to snack on or eat with a raw salad. I was pretty close to making mung bean kale cookies, but resisted the urge.
Mung Bean Kale Patties
- 2 cups cooked mung beans
- 12 leaves kale, cooked with 1 tablespoon ghee, 1/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon ginger for 10 minutes
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon paprika, reserved
- 2 tablespoons ghee, plus extra for greasing the sheetpan
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup millet flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
What are you thankful for?