You can blame adverts, bloggers, facebook or twitter, the truth of the matter is we live in an ‘iWant’ society (yes I’m giving it an Apple style spelling though they are not by any means the only company to blame).
Everywhere you turn, somebody has got something you never knew you wanted but now you just can’t live without. Everything is so disposable, half the time you have nothing left to show for your hard earned cash as you’ve already thrown it away.
I could probably rant about this topic for a good few more pages, as like the majority of people, I’m finding the uncontrollable urge to keep up with the Joneses absolutely crushing. Half of my internal monologue is reminding myself that I don’t need the latest fad – the new TV is proof that my self control doesn’t always win.
Coming from a family of hoarders, one of the main issues with all the excess I buy is I find it really hard to throw out things I don’t really need anymore. Which leads to the inevitable circle of “too much stuff makes a mess; get in fight with boyfriend over mess; feel bad because of argument; go buy something to cheer myself up; bring it back to cluttered house; makes more mess…”
*own less at the end of the year than at the beginning*only buy things she can envisage keeping for 5 years
With these aims in mind I will be setting up two photo pools, one of things I am parting with and one of the things that I am bringing into my home. Here’s hoping that I’ll start 2013 with a more minimalistic house.
There’s a lot to be said for simplicity, being able to find the top you want to wear because it’s not lost under a pile of clothes still bearing their shop tags, or staple foods like baked potatoes. I love unpretentious foods, and one cuisine in particular falls into this category: Mexican. The more you fluff it up, the worse it gets: Go Basic or Give Up. It’s street food through and through; to be eaten with your fingers (and in my case without an ounce of manners or grace) and with a generous slug of Tabasco.
One dish in particular intrigued me, which could be as I haven’t been anywhere that has it on their menu yet; avocado soup. I could eat avocado all day, every day, so when I walked past a market stall selling 3 for £1, I couldn’t resist.
This soup is smokey, and thick, with a bite of heat from the chilli and amazing for dunking bread in (bread stick recipe later this week):
1 small onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
25ml olive oil
250ml vegetable stock
1 avocado, pitted, pealed
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 small red chilli finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Sweat the onions and garlic in the olive oil, when translucent and flour and stirfry until the onion is well coated.
Slowly add the stock and bring to the boil.
Add the avocado, salt, pepper and paprika, and gently boil for 5 minutes.
Using a blender, blitz the soup until well combined but still has some lumps for texture.
Stir in cream and red chill and serve.