Tuesday 9 January 2018

Chicken salad with avocado, feta cheese and Belgian endive

10 minutes to prepare Serves 4



At one second past midnight on January 1, we have to celebrate and to step outside the day-to-day activity to reflect, look back,  assess how we did, and resolve to do better going forward.
Save perhaps for our birthdays, no other moment in the year gets this sort of attention.

I have never loved major holidays, New Year's day above all.
Be happy at all costs? Fireworks? Good luck rituals? Resolutions?
The celebration part is obvious: as our birthdays do, New Year’s day provides us the chance to celebrate having made it through another year. Phew! 2017 is over, and here we still are! Time to our raise our glasses and toast our survival!
But what about resolutions? I think resolutions are examples of our desire to have some control over what lies ahead, because the future is unsettlingly unknowable. Not knowing what’s to come means we don’t know how to keep ourselves safe. To counter that worrisome powerlessness, we do things to take control. We resolve to diet and exercise, to quit smoking, and to start saving. It doesn’t even matter whether we hold our resolve and make good on these promises. Committing to them, at least for a moment, gives us a feeling of more control over the uncertain days to come.

This year I have decided not to commit to any resolution. Not to believe in them.
In the end, last year has gone well for someone, and it has been bad for someone else. So it will be for this brand new 2018. It will be prosperous for someone and horrible for someone else. Some people will earn the success they get, other people will be lucky with no merit. Someone will suffer, get sick, die, with no deserving...and we cannot do anything to change these facts.
We can only learn to control ourselves and the way we want to be beyond how things will go. We can be the laugh, the breakthrough, the right words, the joy and the luck for people around us.

This year I do not want to improve myself, I won't consider my weaknesses and how I might reduce the vulnerabilities they pose. I won't try to do something about the scary powerlessness that comes from thinking about the unsettling unknown of what lies ahead.
This year I want to take care of myself, I want to dress my wounds and to do things which make me feel good.
More than everything else, this year I want to be grateful...even for the painful moments.
I want to gorge on life. And to love, deeply.

Happy 2018 my friends!
Today we will have just a fast, supertasty appetizer to alleviate guilty feelings after Christmas time. It was inspired by Un pinguino in cucina.
See you next week, have a good one!

ere are ingredients for
the 4-serving recipe:


1 ripe avocado
300 g Belgian endive
200 g grilled chicken
100 g Feta cheese
1 lime
EVO oil
dry oregano

  1. Wash the Belgian endive under running water. Trim off the bottom of Belgian endive, and cut the leaves into 1-inch lengths. Place the salad in a large bowl
  2. Peel the avocado and cut it into small pieces
  3. Cut grilled chicken into small pieces, too. Add both avocado and chicken to the salad bowl
  4. Cut Feta cheese into cubes. Add it to the salad bowl, too
  5. Season with the 4 tablespoons of EVO oil, the lime juice, a pinch of salt, oregano and stir to mix. Serve immediately!

Nutrition Facts are listed for this recipe in the table below. Data is provided per serving.

Do more of what makes you happy.

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