Let Us Be Inspired
Is there any other rational way to live your life? My mind needs to be full of inspiration. All the time. I like to think of it as that drink that makes you feel high. At least high enough to wake up every morning and decide that you are going to have the best day. I think, kind of naïve I must say, that anyone can crash without this kind of energy rushing you up toward your aims.
Living inspired has to be the most honest way to live. Even more than being realistic. When you go with realistic it's probably because you are letting the circumstances around you shape what you think or how you are going to live your days. It’s way more fun, and freeing for that matter, to live inspired. Can you imagine having all those daydreams leading your steps? You will be you in your truest form. It’s what you truly want, therefore what you truly deserve. Your mind can’t lie to your heart, you know that!
The cool thing is that you don’t really need much to. You just need to halt and glance around you in order to find that detail that will catch your eye and make you smile. Those couple of seconds of teasing your mind will endure a good amount of time to keep you going.
I would love to talk about how much soul searching I do before developing a recipe, but in reality this is how most of my recipes are created. Entering the grocery shop or the farmers market, without a proper shopping list written in my phone. Sometimes I have an idea of a few dishes I want to try through the next days, but mostly it's looking around the shop to see what’s fresh and what’s pretty to create a plate. This recipe has to be the poster child for this mundane methodology of mine. I just saw these figs, looked toward my side where the artisanal cheeses are and thought in burrata, therefore some sort of Caprese salad was in order.
Burrata is this cheese made of mozzarella and cream. I have to dedicate one whole sentence to just say how good it is. It is really good (ok, 2 sentences!). Think of it as the middle point between ricotta and mozzarella. The honey enhances beautifully the cream note of the cheese, thats why I suggest drizzling the cheese with its own honey besides what you will use for the figs. Feel free to adjust the quantities to your taste. This is just for your inspiration!
Burrata and figs salad with honey and balsamic
Total time – 15 minutes
Burrata cheese – 1 cup
Figs, thinly sliced – 1 cup
Fresh basil leaves – 2 TBSP of chopped leaves plus more for decoration or ¼ cup of small whole leaves
Honey – 2 to 3 TBSP
Balsamic Vinegar – 2 to 3 Tsp (if you like the sweet acidity of balsamic go with 3)
Sea salt flakes – 1 to 2 Tsp
You can use two small plates or one medium plate or a medium bowl to press the cheese and break it up gently to spread it through. Drizzle some of the honey. Place the figs either through its side or on top of it. Drizzle the figs with more honey and the balsamic. Spread the basil leaves and sprinkle with the sea salt flakes. Serve immediately but could be eaten at room temperature.