People who know me are well aware of my ginger obsession. It soothes me when I have a sore throat. It heals me when I have an upset stomach. It's all around comforting to me. At work, I am known to pull out a ginger candy for anybody with an upset tummy. I like it hot. The spicier the better.
What many people do not know is that my love of ginger was probably one of the many traits I inherited from my dad.My dad inspires me in some non obvious ways. I 100% got my love of nature and outdoors from him. I remember him being an avid fisherman when I was a little girl. He used to go off on fishing trips and return with his bounty. I'd stare in disgust as he'd prepare everything for future consumption. Funny that my family never realized I'd become a future vegan. Haha.
My dad is also blessed with a green thumb. He can take any garden and make it thrive. I remember gardening being a major facet of my childhood. I grew up on Air Force bases, and my dad was the sole reason we won "yard of the month" every month. He has a natural eye for landscaping and a connection to plants that inspires me to this day. Every time I plant a garden, I can only dream that it turns out as great as his. He inspires me with his connection to nature. That shared trait between us has created a bond that we never knew existed until recently.
Today's MoFo is brought to you, in part, by my dad's love of gingersnaps. I decided to make the sparkled ginger cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance. However, I add minced ginger by The Ginger People and crystallized ginger for a mega spicy and chewy cookie. So much greatness.
And because I can't have a cookie without washing it down with a tasty beverage, I'm having English Breakfast tea in honor of my oldest, beloved friend Alicia.
The fact is that I've known Alicia for as long as I've been alive. Our parents were friends in England when we were still in utero, so this friendship runs deeeeep. She is hilarious and strong and wildly independent. She was my sister before I had a sister. We did everything together as kids, and she was one of the highlights to me moving back home. Alicia will always remind me of running around on base playing tag and late night sleepovers and those prepubescent fights that are nonsensical and last for way too long. She inspires me because she lives life on her own terms. She is bold and brilliant and a survivor. Alicia, this one is also for you. I'll visit you in England soon! Miss you. Love you.
Here's to ginger, my dad, and Alicia! A triple threat tea time. Thanks again for reading! I have some blogs to catch up on for now. Do you have a food obsession? Go ahead and tell me about it in the comments! Happy MoFoing!