Kale Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Goodness it’s already been several weeks already since my last post.  The extra quietness has been something I’ve needed as I continue to struggle with what I think must be lingering post-concussion symptoms.  I usually consider myself relatively stable emotionally, but there’s been a change in me over these past couple of weeks.  My days have been filled with unexpected mood swings where I feel fine one moment and then in utter despair the next.  The smallest things can set me off, and I hardly know what to do with myself.  You can imagine how the rest of the family feels.  I’ve spent some time reading about how and why concussions sometimes lead to emotional instability, anxiety, and depression, and while I prefer not to blame the concussion, I cannot think of another explanation for my sudden irritability.  This has forced me to be more deliberate with slowing down, reflecting on what triggers anxiety and anger, and to face my limitations.

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A really good everyday curry- the only curry recipe you'll ever need because it's so versatile, adaptable, and simple.

It was my mom’s last radiation therapy appointment and I had wanted to be there with her to hear the doctor’s thoughts on her follow-up cancer care.  We were running a bit behind and as I quickened my pace to hurry on ahead, I fell.  Hard.  Terribly and frighteningly hard.  Face first apparently, although I don’t remember the fall.  I remember the pain, and for a quick second I thought I might have become paralyzed.  The moment my mind regained consciousness I was unable to move a single muscle in my body.  To my relief, that feeling was brief.  The next thing I knew I was being whisked away to the ER for concussion treatment.  The bump on my forehead was about the size of a golf ball, but by some miracle the CT scan showed no internal brain injuries.  The whole experience shook me up, put things back into a healthy perspective, and I am overwhelmingly thankful.  Recovery has been a bit rougher than I had expected though.  While in the healing stage, there is to be no exercise, limited screen time, and a general carefulness not to overstimulate the brain.  I am continuing to struggle with lingering headaches and vision problems, but despite all of this, I am immensely grateful.

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Buckwheat Crepes with Whipped Ricotta Goat Cheese and Strawberry Preserves

When I think of favorite childhood desserts, my mom’s chocolate pudding crepes immediately come to mind.  Vanilla crepes filled with the silkiest chocolate pudding under a cloud of whipped cream-  messy for sure, but truly scrumptious.  She bought me my first crepe pan, and even now we almost weekly make some sort of crepes.  Because crepes so fondly remind me of my own mother,  I made these savory buckwheat crepes to celebrate Mother’s Day and hopefully bring some breakfast inspiration to your home as well.

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