This recipe is similar to Kale Chip Tuesdays with the exception that there is less oven time. I came up with this recipe because my rolfer, Andreea kept telling me to eat turmeric for my breast cancer. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
For a dancer, it’s crucial to have a body worker. I have had over a dozen massage therapists and I can say without hesitation that Andreea is excellent at what she does. She’s like a surgeon but uses her hands instead of the scalpel. She has the ability to figure out precisely what my bio mechanical issues are and then has the know how to correct them. But that is not why I am naming this recipe after her.
The night before my surgery, I book a massage with Andreea to relax and de-stress. I have ballet Thursday evenings and she offers to stay late so I can go to class. After a wonderful massage, I reach for my check book and she stops me, “I’d like to give you this massage as a gift.” Her body language is shy, her tone vulnerable. She is offering me something precious, something memorable because all of a sudden, time has come to a full stop.
Andreea and I haven’t known each other for very long; I have been seeing her for only seven weeks. Yet, in the short time that we have connected on the table, I have learned that we have similar core values:
1) We are both first generation immigrants and have hard work ethics–driven and passionate about how we choose to live.
2) We both have a quirky sense of humor that is at times irreverent and not very politically correct.
3) We both have a meditation practice. We care about working on our inner selves rather than focusing on externalities to make us happy.
4) We’ve done work on ourselves and taken the time to look at our childhood baggage so it’s lighter in our adulthood.
5) We both think being weird is a good thing and strive to be our authentic selves without worrying about what others think.
It is close to 11pm, way past her normal business hours and we are alone in her spa. “You’re going to make me cry,” I reply. I am about to have surgery tomorrow and being given this gift makes me feel just a little more prepared. There are people rooting for me in unexpected ways and I am not alone in this. My eyes start to water as this understanding descends on me.
There is nothing more to say so, I put my check book away. I am smiling and feel so complete as I wrap my arms around her for a big hug. We are alone in the spa, but for this one brief moment, I feel connected with all living beings.
Approximately 6 baking sheets, parchment paper
3-4 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp each of cumin, turmeric, honey
1 tsb of spicy deli mustard
1/2- 1 tsp of salt to taste
Follow the directions from Kale Chip Tuesdays and substitute ingredients above for the seasoning. Garlic also has amazing healing properties and studies are currently under way to research how garlic may prevent cancer and also study its anti-fungal properties. Andreea is sensitive to garlic so when I made her a batch, I made them without and they taste just fine. Instead of 90 minutes, baking time will take closer to 60-70 minutes. You won’t wanna eat just one!