As I was pausing to type this blog out, I got a message from one friend wishing me for World Happiness Day. And then on another network I saw a message doing the rounds about World Storytelling Day. Both days fall on 20th March which is today.
And as with most things, it got me thinking – how truly awesome is it that storytelling and happiness seem to go hand in hand, even when it comes to defining these days. It most likely was not designated this way by design. But it happened.
Thinking about these two emotions made me realize one very important thing – Life is full of moments that contain micro-stories. We just don’t know how to tell them. And similarly, life is full of spurts of happiness. We just don’t know how to sense them.
We need those stories to be shared beyond the confines of our minds. And we need to also put out that happiness to share it beyond the boundaries of our hearts. The moment the story leaves our mind and happiness leaves our heart to reach a bigger world, it evolves to become bigger than us.
This train of thought gave me some ideas – for a poem I plan to write this afternoon.
Meanwhile, here is a quick recipe I tried for my children to get them off to a start in terms of vegetable-based snacking options!
I baked these “something in between a fritter and cracker” gluten-free, eggless Cauliflower and Cheese bites. They had a little bit of psyllium husk and almond flour to bind them and make them more nutrient rich. The kids were wondering about what it was – but they loved the flavours and are looking at when I am planning to do the next batch!
The good part is you can make the mix and keep it aside for a couple of days too in the fridge if you can’t bake immediately.
1/3 of a medium sized cauliflower, steamed and pureed
1/2 cheese cube, grated
1/2 tbsp almond flour
1/4 tbsp psyllium husk
Salt, red chilly flakes, dried basil – as per taste preference
- Mix the pureed cauliflower with cheese.
- Add the salt, flakes and basil and whisk well.
- Add the almond flour and stir in the husk.
- Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Spoon it onto a baking tray and flatten it slightly with the back of the spoon.
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C, for 10 minutes
- Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes at the same temperature
- Serve hot.
Hope you will try this out and let me know how it turns out.
Meanwhile here is a parting thought on this occasion –
This part of my life… this part right here. this is called “happiness”.