Planning ahead for spontaneity

I’ve dreamed of being spontaneous – ready instantly for any eventuality life might bring.  Alas, I am not by nature given to acting on sudden impulses.  To paraphrase Webster, I am not given to acting without effort and premeditation.  Consequently, I am learning to plan to be spontaneous.

I don’t know about your world, but in mine, being spontaneous with family and friends most often involves food.  Having ingredients on hand is essential – a complicated recipe is not.

 enamel roasting pan

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olive oil

 onion, sliced

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add lemons, cut in wedges and squeezed

 garlic cloves, peeled

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 whole chicken(s)

 lemons halved, squeezed into and put in the cavities

seasoned with salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary

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partially baked, potatoes added

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baked a bit longer, carrots added

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asparagus added

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served on a big platter in the middle of the table

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along with arugula dressed with olive oil and balsamic,

enough to feed and appeal to a crowd of various ages.

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Are you naturally spontaneous, or working on it???….I’d love to hear your stories!

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2 responses to “Planning ahead for spontaneity

  1. Karen Blake

    Spontaneous, ha….so not me. I even still read recipes I have had for years. My husband, Rod, and my daughter can see a dish in their minds and then just whip it up. And that is good. But when it comes to a well baked pie or cake or muffins. My recipes and careful preparation have turned out dishes that are never refused. From the time we met, I have known that my husband is so much better at “putting together” a meal at a moments notice that would turn heads, than me. I don’t mind. I am a dreamer, I need rules and recipes to keep me grounded. By the time I touch ground and then consider the good and the bad of something, somehow all the spontaneity is gone. But I am learning to accept that even that is OK…..

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