I’m late with my post this week as I’ve been doing things out in the ‘real world’. I’ve started to volunteer at an Opportunity (Charity) Shop on Fridays which I’m enjoying. The funny thing is the part I was most nervous of (serving at the front counter) is the part I’m loving the most and chatting to all the lovely people who come into the store.
I’m also doing some work at a Florist learning about flowers, how to prepare them for sale and the myriad of tasks involved in the day to day running a florist shop. I arranged some flowers in bud vases for a restaurant a few doors down and there may be an early morning trip to the flower markets coming up so I can see how that process works..Would you like to come along?…4am start…. Anybody!!!
All of this has come about because I’ve been home for the last couple of years looking after my family and blogging but started to feel unfulfilled because I needed a purpose for myself that involved paid work. I also felt I was losing confidence from being out of the workforce.
Some time ago Tina from Colourliving tweeted me The School Of Life were coming to Australia. I’d read posts on Tina’s blog about The School Of Life – a talk she attended on vulnerability by Brene Brown here and a conversation with Roman Krznaric here the author of the book I’m about to tell you about. The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life. Based in Central London but now in Australia they offer programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well. They explore topics such as why is work often so unfulfilling and why are relationships so challenging.
Since they’ve been in Australia the classes have sold out so quickly. I didn’t make it to a class but bought the book called “How To Find Fulfilling Work” by Roman Krznaric and it’s been instrumental in helping me make concrete steps to find not only part time work but work I enjoy and is fulfilling. I can’t wait to explore other offerings from the School of Life, their courses and books are so reasonably priced for what you get out of them.
I can’t recommend this book enough if you find yourself in the same place I did or are not feeling fulfilled in your current job and are struggling for answers.
Well, that’s enough from me, here are the recipes!
Kale and Lentil Salad with Eschalot Dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 garlic cloves – sliced, 300g kale trimmed & roughly torn,
1 x 400g can lentils – drained & rinsed, 300g fennel – shaved, 180g danish fetta,
1/2 cup mint leaves, 1/2 cup basil leaves.
1 eschalot (small red french shallot) – finely chopped, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp brown sugar, sea salt & black pepper.
Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a bowl.
Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add garlic and cook until just golden.
Add the kale, cook until just wilted.
Transfer to a bowl and add the rest of the salad ingredients.
Add some dressing and toss to combine, serve piled onto a big plate.
250g kale – stalks removed & roughly torn, olive oil, salt, pepper.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Mix the kale, olive oil, salt & pepper together in a bowl and place on a baking tray with non stick baking paper (you may need two baking trays as you don’t want to crowd the tray). Bake until crispy (approx 10 minutes). Cool, serve like this or sprinkle with additional flavourings eg. chilli flakes or grated parmesan cheese.
Both recipes adapted from Donna Hay section of the Sunday Style Magazine.