March 1, 2013

Melting Snow

The morning breaks without a sun... again. After days of snowfalls and blizzards, today is wet and cloudy... The trees are making efforts to hold the heavy watery clumps of snow on their branches. I miss the light. I have been feeling moody, down and drained of energy. I hate when I don't own my body and my mind is wondering around... My self is small... I feel stuck in the moment... An itching urge for a long solo walk into nature makes me put my boots on and step into puddles of slush and uncovered mud on the driveways. Getting outside in the nearby woods has become the ultimate cleaner of my mind and worries. It offers solitude in which I am left with my own thoughts and my own inner landscape (more and more often my camera keeps me company).
This time is quite different as I am witnessing the intense melting of the big snow. It is warm and I am finding my feet digging into deep slushy earth. Patches of snow fell upon my head every once in a while leaving crystal clean drops on my jacket. Dripping of dissolving ice echoes against the unexpected gentle peacefulness. I hear birds chirping. As snow melts, it turns the normally shallow creek into a flowing river and the murmur of its water is slowly washing out my thoughts. My boots are stuck into the snow sludge. I stop and listen to nature sounds. Trees have voices... How easily I forget I am right in the middle of a megapolis... the noises are different now... Beads of sweat are gathering on my back. I take a deep breath... I am "washing myself of myself". A sense of liberation fills my being. With great effort I am pulling my foot out from the mud... and making a step, then - the other foot... and another step... 
The snow is melting as is my sadness...
On the way back home I stop at the local market. I can't believe the medley of colors on the shelves I am seeing. Perhaps, being fully occupied by my melancholy and resistance to things as they are, I didn't notice it yesterday, nor the day before... A bunch of small golden beets like small orange suns, together with long baby carrots like tiny sun's rays are smiling at me and promising comfort and joy on the table.
They carry the missing light... and the sense of change...     

Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Golden Beets Salad


1 bunch of long baby carrots, greens still on, carefully washed
1 bunch of golden beets
1-2 avocados, pitted and sliced into wedges
2 cups watercress, rinsed and dried
1 teaspoon cumin
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup nuts of any sort or sunflower seeds


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread carrots on a roasting sheet and tost with olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until tender and browned.

Wash and brush the beets under cold water. Pur them in a pot, cover with water, add a splash of wine vinegar and cook for 15-20 minutes. Drain, cool and cut in circles. 

In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice and minced garlic. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and papper. 

Arrange carrots on a serving plate with slices of beets and avocado. Add the watercress. Drizzle salad with vinaigrette and sprinkle with nuts.

 Hope you have a gentle and peaceful month of March! 

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  1. Hello, I'm Latin. I like to cook. Your photos are wonderful.
    You are an excellent photographer. I invite you to visit and


  2. Me encantan tus imágenes y la receta se ve muy apetitosa! Abrazos.

  3. Such beautiful photos!

    Happy weekend!

  4. Syliva ~ your words echo the feelings that I have in my heart all winter long. Like you, I quickly begin to treasure the slightly longer days that are taking place, the melting snow, the bird song, and the promise of spring. You write beautifully, my friend. Really beautifully ~ and your photos captured the awakening earth just perfectly. ♥

    xoox laurie

  5. Oh Sylvia,

    Like you, I find more solace in the quiet. I too will be posting on something similar, soon.

    This is what I did on Thursday night, while my husband was teaching all night until 9:30pm:

    I set out the dining room table by candlelight. I ate alone only with the soft music of Chopin playing.

    I read with the music gently lulling in the background. I read poetry.

    It was lush. I could HEAR myself, my heartbeat, my mind working. We need this. Though I was unable to bear the outside cold and walk in nature, I read one of my favorite poets, MARY OLIVER, who knows the outdoor world like the palm of her hand. She walked for me.

    Your recipes are splendid, your photos so gentle. Thank you for this moment of solitude and such glorious peace. Anita

  6. Hi Sylvia,

    Your salad looks delicious and your photo's are once again beautiful!!! What a pretty plate you are serving the salad on. It looks very old.

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

  7. The vegetable recipe sounds delicious and I love your snow photographs. Thanks for sharing both.

  8. You write so eloquently. I usually don't read long, wordy posts, but the beauty of your words just drew me right in. I felt like I was right there with you. Your words and your photos are hauntingly beautiful. I hope spring comes soon to your soul.

  9. Gorgeous images and such an interesting recipe. Things I'd never think to combine.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I discovered your blog shortly before Christmas and have enjoyed reading since this then. Buth your last post has something more to offer tahn the other ones, or so I think. Having been through a "muddy" winter, feeling moody and drained myself, your beautiful words found so much echo in my inner self. I have read the post again and again and walked with you in this deep slush, my sadness melting at the same time and rays of sun peepingn around me. Like you, I do like walking alone in the woods to find solace. Spring is close to us, I can feel it. Thank you for your words and your so beautiful photographs. If you have time, please come and visit me, I live on the other side of the Atlantic ocean ! Enjoy your week Marie *

  11. You transport me, dear friend and sister...

    I love every word, but for some reason "they carry the missing light" deeply touched me the have such gifts.
    Spring is in the air...(although we are blanketed in yet another round of snow as well! :)
    I may never look at veggies the same way again! :))) Must put a little sunshine on our plates for dinner tonight....
    Beautiful and very very special....thank you, dearest Sylvia!!
    May you have a week of joy and peeks of warm sunshine, my friend...
    Much love,
    - Irina

  12. What a beautiful post and presentation for your Cumin Roasted Carrots and Beet Salad. I can't wait to try this salad. Thanks for sharing and you have a fabulous week.
    Miz Helen

  13. I'm not sure which is more breathtaking. Your photos or your prose. I felt like I was walking with you for awhile. Nature is such a restorative. We can forget how much we need it. You are so sweet to visit me. Thanks for the good words about my shop!

  14. This salad recipe looks so so yummy! Your photography always amazes me too! Thanks for sharing you amazing cooking skills at Project Inspired! :D

  15. It's amazing how weather effects our mood. I know I'm ready for Spring. your words had me right there with you!

  16. Sylvia, I tried getting on
    here a few days ago, but
    it wouldn't load for me.
    So happy to have come
    back for another attempt.
    Your walk sounds so calming
    and this dish is one I MUST
    try : ) As always, I just adore
    your pictures, sweet friend!

    Happy Saturday,
    xo Suzanne

  17. It is such a joy to visit your blog and escape into a dreamy land! This recipe looks divine, I must try it ~

    Happy March to you!

  18. I featured your delish recipe today - thanks for sharing it at Project Inspired!

  19. I wilt when the skies are gray, and also find that taking a walk in the woods is uplifting. You are eating well and taking good care of yourself. It won't be long before spring brightens your world.
    Sending hugs,


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