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On her blog yesterday, Kristen from Dine and Dish posted a youtube clip entitled Everything's amazing, nobody's happy, where Louis CK talks about how far we've come technologically and how little patience we have. It's hysterical, but it also made me think about how important it is to take time to wonder at the everyday miracles. For example, here I am writing this in my home in Paris, France (which I got to by flying for only 7 hours from my native country, instead of spending 3 months in a boat with scurvy), and in a few days it will have been read by people all over France, the US, Canada, England and in places I've never even been: Switzerland, Greece, Australia, and many more.
I think technology is amazing and useful, but sometimes I worry that we're getting farther and farther from the Earth, that our roots aren't planted as deep, that spending hours communicating across the world, we forget to look at what's growing in our own back yard. That's an expression of course. I don't have a back yard. But I am a five-minute walk from Montmartre where, despite all the tourists, there are some pretty peaceful patches of green where you can sit down with a simple lunch and smell the grass and flowers as your skin soaks in all that vitamin D from the sun. This week, I left off on the baguette sandwiches and decided to go for some American potato salad (I say American, but of course I put curry in it, so it's more like International Potato Salad, perfect for World Earth Day!).
Simple Curry Potato Salad
4 cups potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small green pepper (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 medium red onion (about 3/4 cup)
3 hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise (store bought or homemade or your fav. substitute)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vinegar
1 tsp curry powder
4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
Boil the potatoes about 15 minutes, until tender. Let cool.
Dice the green pepper and red onion and add to potatoes. Separate the yolks and whites of the hard boiled eggs. Dice the whites and add them to the potatoes.
D. is slowly taking over my photo space with a 1000 piece puzzle of a Van Gogh painting. Can you tell which one yet?
Mash the egg yolks into the mayonnaise and whisk in the olive oil, vinegar, curry powder, salt and pepper. Mix the sauce into the potatoes and vegetables, and add the thyme (chopped or whole for garnish). Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Happy Earth Day!