Scrambled egg with red onions, green pepper, salsa verde and tapatillo sauce rolled up in a Socca.
One would think this is a word that carries meaning across all walks of life.
Don’t get me wrong. I thought it did. I have been under the false impression that simplicity is defined as: 1.) Easy; and 2.) Fast.
Looking over a much broader spectrum of people and cultures that definition would clash. Take for example, the definition of American simplicity. Our Container Stores and 10 minute meals would be completely foreign to a Buddhist monk. The monk might say to us, all the technology, day planners and containers we use to try to simplify life actually makes our life more cluttered. We might say to the monk, your life is boring.
Side note: At this point in life, I think I’d prefer the quiet of a convent. Send thee to a nunnery!
Recently I visited a naturopath to set up a supplement, eating and lifestyle plan to heal me from my Hashimoto’s disease. It is anti my definition of simplicity. It is not fitting into my box. It is not fast and it is in no way easy.
No longer can I get a quick bite to eat. I can’t take 10 minutes to get ready for bed. I can’t pack my lunch in under 5 minutes, and it is absolutely essential that I plan and pre cook meals.
I found a little slice of my New Simplicity. It isn’t quite as quick as grabbing a corn tortilla from the fridge, throwing on a small handful of pre-shredded cheese , topping it with salsa, and microwaving it all in 30 seconds.
But under my new definition of simplicity, it doesn’t get much simpler.
Behold Socca. According to Wikipedia: “Socca is a specialty of southeastern French cuisine, particularly in and around the city of Nice. Its primary ingredients are chickpea flour and olive oil, like the northern Italian farinata.”
Socca: 1 cup garbanzo flour (aka chickpea flour), 1 cup water, salt, pepper and your choice of seasoning. Whisk all ingredients together. Cook like a pancake in a well oiled pan. I used coconut oil. This recipe makes about 4 Soccas.
From the time of starting the recipe to the time I took my first bite it was about 10 minutes. Keep in mind I stopped to take a picture.
It’s crisp, it’s soft and it’s warm. Plus it is gluten, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, peanut, and processed food free.
I got my new edition of Real Simple Magazine in the mail today. My husband said, “But you know, it really isn’t simple.” Fitting right?
Because I like food and I like cooking… (really I do…I know. I know. My fellow foodie bloggers have pretty much disowned me because of my over abundant writing prompts and no food pictures.)
And because I love writing, check out this list of food writing writing prompts from Build-Creative-Writing-Ideas. And Because it really is ok for food blogs to have some depth. 🙂
Check out this fantastic article on the Himalayan Institute website about “The Yoga of Simplicity.”
Fun tid bit about me that kind of goes along with this: To simplify my life, I packed away all my extra dishes and have only kept two of each dish (except the butter knives…my husband insists on three). I am planning to do this with my clothes as well. I am going to pack away all my clothes except for two weeks worth. This is all in an attempt to simplify. I thinks this counts as a yogic practice.
*All artwork by me. No stealing it now. 😛
A questions for the comments: Ever had or heard of a socca.? What do you do to keep your life simple? Because no one every comments any more…I’ll send something to the first commenter. Even if you comment two months after this post is posted. I’m not desperate or anything. I just like to share. Most likely the prize will be a coupon for a free product.