Strawberries are at its best when they're about to go bad. Their sweetness intensifies, their flavor is much stronger and their texture changes. That's when I like to mash them up and sweeten my yogurt with them. But sometimes, the simplicity of eating them straight from the container, is truly the best way of enjoying the fruit.
Today I realized that's how life works sometimes. When things are about to go bad, right at that moment is when we should take the opportunity to change things for the better.
I wish I could just press the 'easy button' and make things happen. But that only happens on TV.
In real life, I have to be patient and work hard on things to make them happen. Even if patience doesn't come naturally to me.
People say that good things come when you least expect them... but I'm so tired of waiting.
This soup is as nourishing for the body as it is for the soul. Eat it with a dark and deep flavored piece of bread, then very ripe strawberries for dessert.
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4-5 cups of Water (or vegetable stock)
1 Vegetable Bouillon Cube (omit if you're using stock)
3/4 cup Whole Wheat Macaroni Pasta
1 cup of Black Beans
1/2 cup of finely chopped Yellow Onion
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 ounces of Cooking Ham (Ham steak), chopped in small cubes
2 cups of fresh Baby Spinach
1/4 cup of Spanish Olives
3 tbsp of Wine
Salt and Pepper
-Cook the onion and garlic in some olive oil over medium heat until browned (about 5 minutes). Add the ham and cook for another two minutes over medium-low heat. Then turn to low heat and add the wine. Add the spinach and cook covered until softened but not completely wilted (about 3 minutes). Set aside.
-Cook the pasta in the stock until almost done. Add the black beans, spinach mixture and olives. bring to a boil, and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with warm bread.