Reflections of Mexico…
Reflections of Mexico and a Mexican Salad Recipe
A few years ago now, while living in Vancouver, my family decided it was time for a life sabbatical. Back then, my husband and me each had our own businesses, and although to the outside world we had achieved material success, life felt overwhelming, joyless and frantic with little time for each other, our family or for fun. We were burnt out and in need of drastic change.
So, to make a long story brief, we sold our businesses, packed camping gear and our dog into our jeep, registered our son for home schooling and drove down the west coast of North America from Vancouver, Canada to Baja, Mexico.
That journey was one of the best things we had ever done for ourselves: escaping a society that says you have to live this way, own this much, achieve that. Driving away from that world was so freeing, so liberating, and ignited a time of decompression, replenishment and overcoming dreams never fulfilled.
We haven’t looked at life in the same way since. During that winter we met incredibly interesting people who lived life on their own terms and defined their own successes. But most importantly, we reconnected as a family and stripped away excesses which previously seemed so necessary.
On the beachfront campsite where we stayed in Baja for almost seven months, local vendors would walk through the grounds selling their wears; Mexican blankets, jewellery, empanadas, seafood. A local farmer would park up in his small pickup truck laden with fresh fruits and vegetables. The back his truck looked like a mini tropical oasis in that dusty desert campsite: vibrantly colourful, full of voluptuous fruits and vegetables.
This recipe always reminds me of that wonderfully, free-spirited winter; living simply, eating foods from local producers and the fresh catch of the day, enjoying the company of like minded souls, and basking in the sun and the sea.
I highly recommend seeking a life awakening journey of your own, finding stillness and rediscovering what is most important in your life.
The proportions for this salad can be as much or little as you like. No rules here, just simply enjoy!
You will need
Natural Greek-style yoghurt
Dried Jamaica petals
Slice the fruits and arrange on a large plate and dust with a little chilli powder and sprinkle the with sea salt. To create the Jamaica yoghurt dip, scoop natural yoghurt into a bowl, sprinkle with Jamaica petals, let is sit for a for a minute or two before giving it a gentle stir to create swirls of colour.
Dip a piece of fruit into the yoghurt before devouring its sweet juiciness.