Last year, I had the pleasure of hosting a dear Italian friend for several days. There was even more activity than usual in my kitchen during his stay - he insisted on cooking for me daily and well, it would've been rude to refuse, right? We made several meals together and ended up improvising one serious "big ass salad" for lunch late one afternoon based on whatever we had left hanging around in my fridge. It ended up being one of the best salad's I've ever eaten and I make it pretty regularly now. Do as we did (instructions below), or try your own BAS improv jam & let me know how it goes :)
Wash, chop, and combine in a giant bowl:
Jicama, several slices, cut into small cubes
Celery, 2 - 3 stalks
Carrots, we thinly sliced a handful of baby carrots
Fennel, 1 bulb, cut into small slices/cubes
Red pepper, 1 medium, thinly sliced
Spinach, a generous handful or two
Cucumber, 1 half to 1 whole, cubed
Fresh basil & fresh mint, a few leaves
Almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, a small handful
Sea salt, to taste
Hummus, a tablespoon or two
EVOO, a drizzle
I have, on occasion, also added a few shakes of cayenne pepper for a little kick, and/or a sprinkle of caraway seeds... because... I'm really into adding caraway seeds to things.
Mix and enjoy!
This article on creating unlikable female characters really hit me in a good place, in the best way. It's something I've come up against a lot in my own writing - I often get feedback, mostly from my male counterparts, pointing out that x behavior makes my female characters really "unlikable" and, well, I kinda don't give a fuck. In defense of unlikable women covers many of the reasons behind why I don't believe that female characters should necessarily be wholly likable, that their actions and behaviors shouldn't always be black & white, clear-cut. Because, women are, afterall, in real life, flawed and messy and complex in myriad ways. Shouldn't we be mirroring that in our art?
That's all for this week, loves!