Strawberry cottage cheese toastie with balsamic glaze and fruit salt is the easiest, simplest and a delicious way to start your day. Packing nutrients derived from protein rich cottage cheese and antioxidants from the strawberries, these little slices of deliciousness will ensure you remain full without feeling guilty.
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
― Lewis Carroll,
I used to be someone else. Someone who was a go- getter. Someone who was ambitious. Someone who wanted everything. Someone who thought of herself first. Someone who couldn’t stand mediocrity or people being fine with average effort and results. Someone who wanted to do everything.
I know what you thinking. What a major so and so she must be. I guess I was. Work does that to us. When you join a stressful, goal driven corporate sector where everything is measurable by numbers, you harden. And I have never liked being average anyways. You should be glad you didn’t know me then. Don’t get me wrong. I am always nice..always polite and helpful, but I used to be selfish. I was driven by my ambition. I wanted to be the youngest AVP. I wanted to win every contest that went on at work. I wanted to get all the accolades at work. I wanted to be indispensable to my team, my boss and my company. And I was. I did win it all. And at the young age of 26. I was living the corporate dream. Making enough money to do whatever I wanted, winning everything I touched, travelling everywhere I could. I was hot. And I was happening.
And then I became a mother.
And now, everything has changed.
I am not the same me anymore. Becoming a mom does weird things to you. All of a sudden you realise your priorities have changed and your world has turned upside down. The challenges that excite you more now is teaching your baby her words and numbers, her winning a competition at school is way more exciting than you making the promotion, her coughing twice is more worrisome than the constant back and neck pain you have been (trying) ignoring for the past two weeks. She learning to ride her bike is so much fun than me buying my new car. These sentiments are universal to all mothers. I know you must be feeling the same.
Yesterday as I read the newspaper something caught my eye. Two words to be exact.
YOLO – You Only Live Once.
JOMO – Joy of Missing Out.
Suddenly I knew what I was. I was no longer a YOLO. I was a JOMO. Someone who no longer cared to do everything, running around the whole day , trying to squeeze the last drops of productivity from my day and in turn rushing through life. Now, somewhere over the last four yrs I have changed. Changed for the better. My ambition has been replaced by a sense of content (not complacence). My focus towards me has shifted to raising a good kind child. My love for being indispensable at work has morphed into my need of being indispensable to my family. I am at peace..well a lot calmer than I was before ( can you imagine??)
I don’t say yes to everything anymore. I choose what I want to do. JOMO is about giving yourself the space to think and experience things without freaking out about what you ‘should’ be doing instead. I now give myself the space and time to create what I want. To choose what fits me more than trying to fit everything into my life and schedule. I no longer work for a calendar. Now I am beginning to take stock of my life and take time out for myself.
Its just about Being S T I L L ..Being H A P PY.
Its about stopping to smell the roses, to linger over the dredges of coffee, to laugh and play with your child and family without worrying about some agenda at getting somewhere.
Its also about having breakfast. Good breakfast 😛 😛 To lighten things up lets talk food now!!
I made this delicious simple thing and I fell in love with simple food all over again. Basic home stuff that’s not fancy, not expensive , just quick healthy and nutritious. And yes, it does taste great. Besides who can say they dont like having a variety of toasties for breakfast? I know I look for a new topping every week. If it was my peas tartine one week, it was the croque madame the other. If we loved the aloo sandwich one morning, we succumbed to chicken on toastie the other. But this strawberry cream cheese toastie is the best. Its fresh, delightful to look at and so healthy!! Whats not to love in this??
Nutrient rich cottage cheese blended with honey and thick yogurt till it is creamy and sweet. Served over crispy toasties, some fresh strawberries,a sprinkling of fruit salt and drizzled over with balsamic glaze…This my dear friends, is easily a breakfast that will dispel your blues! Trust me. You have gotta make this. And imagine how lucky the man would feel if you brought this over to him for breakfast in bed??
Some coffee, these toasties and the two of you cosily sitting in the bed, swapping sections of newspaper.. few flowers scenting the room sweetly and your darling baby jumping up around you..all happy and smiling, without anyone telling her to hurry up…just living in the moment.. just soaking in the joy of missing out. That’s the life I am living now. And I love every moment of mine.
Have a great week everyone.
- Bread - toasted, 2 slice per person
- (Use baguette)
- Cottage cheese 1 cup
- Yogurt - 1 tbsp
- Sugar - 2 tbsp
- Honey - 1 tbsp
- Fresh Strawberries 6-7
- Mint leaf as needed
- Fruit salt - pinch
- Balsamic Glaze - as needed to drizzle on.
- Cottage cheese spread:
- Blend together the cottage cheese with a tbsp of yogurt, sugar and honey.
- make balsamic glaze by boiling balsamic vinegar with honey and reducing it.
- Grill the bread till crisp.
- Spread the cottage cheese, lay the strawberry on top, add a few mint leaves, a grind of fruit salt and a drizzle of cold balsamic glaze.