More stories of my meatless life! If you have never had a “truth pact” with someone you should defenitely try it. Not only do the rules forbid you from telling a lie, but not not saying anything when you REALLY want to say how you feel also counts as a lie. Yeah, it got weird.
This is my last installment of summer salads (sad face). However, since this week is the last official week of summer we must move on. Autumn, yes! The last couple weeks I had some lessons in truth- shooting out in all different directions from accepting things, to telling folks about themselves. Most recently I started a truth pact with a friend, just for an experiment, and stuck to it steadfast. The rules are as listed above; no lies, no silence. Simple but very effective when it comes to certain questions. Like “who else are you sleeping with?”
It has began to spill over in my real life; I dropped the sugar coating things for people -which is a form of lying. And the results have been, well, awkward. Sometimes being the carrier of truth can be downright hurtful to people and by people I mean people who would rather just believe whatever fantasy they have concocted around their comfort zone. We all have that person in our lives who pretends the elephant in the room isn’t there, when in fact it is not only there but dressed like Niki Minaj and smoking a bong. Cool for you, but imma talk about it. Why? Because I have to. I always have been that person, even though I had not noticed I was slipping away from that person, lying to myself about little things here and there and saying it doesn’t matter when it does. That is a lie, and arguably the worse kind of lie: a lie to myself. These little lies creep in until they are woven into my everyday lexicon. No bueno. Because when that happens, you are not learning the lesson life is teaching, and you will have to repeat it.
My lesson this week: Life is like a video game. When you complete a level and then get killed in the first 3 seconds of the new level, you have to play the level you just “mastered” again. But something happens. You discover things; secret paths that have always been there. And all of a sudden life is a whole new game.
Fried Green Tomato Salad
serves: 2| prep time: 8 minutes
1 large green tomato, sliced
3/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
1 Ener G egg replacer egg
1 cup soy milk
1 cup frying oil
1 bag baby lettuce mix
1 tablespoon (dark) balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dry basil leaf
Step one: Combine ½ cup flour, salt and seasoning in a small bowl and mix well.
Step two: In a separate bowl combine milk and egg with a whisk until it becomes frothy. Combine flour and seasoning and mix until batter is thick like pancake batter.
Step three: In a medium deep skillet over medium high heat, heat oil until hot and shimmering. Dredge tomatoes in the remaining ¼ cup flour and place them in hot oil cook until brown on both sides.
Dressing: Combine all ingredients in a small cup, mix with a fork, drizzle on salad. Garnish with some paprika and salt.