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April 30, 2020

Wanting it all, all the time.

Wanting it all, all the time.

Am I the only one who misses dressing up in a chic outfit for an important occasion? The only one to think that this terrible, persistent idleness is beginning to dim the smile on their face? The only one who is afraid that their mind is becoming dull without any challenges to keep it sharp? To imagine that their vivacious spirit may be a little less spirited the longer this situation lasts?

With no more duties to perform as Cora’s founder, absent from strategic meetings and deprived of the satisfaction of contributing to our post-COVID-19 future, the question “who am I?” keeps tapping me on my shoulder.   

My mind even briefly protested why it should be me who is home-bound while the assassin still dances in the street.    

There are lessons that we can all take from this global crisis. The first being the cruel reminder that bad things can happen unannounced at any time. A catastrophe like today’s that has turned our worlds upside-down and taken the lives of 200,000 people in a matter of months, the time it takes for the late-winter snow to disappear.

Given our egocentric natures and desire to have it all, all the time, are we ready to reflect on other lessons offered by the current situation? Instead of getting down, should we instead detach ourselves from our titles and jobs to redefine who we are?

Without our accomplishments and possessions, all the usual trappings we identify with, what remains of who we are?  

Alone by myself here or together at your home with loved ones, let’s really give it some thought.

To help keep your fingers from getting stiff, I’m sharing a recipe that is as simple as it is flavourful. This homemade tzatziki is a wonderful condiment to accompany your chicken brochettes or Saturday night lamb chops.

Peel a fresh, plump cucumber and slice lengthwise in half. Using a teaspoon, gently scrape away the seeds.

Thinly grate the 2 pieces of cucumber over a clean dishcloth.

Roll up the cloth (the cucumber tucked inside, of course) and twist to wring out the vegetable’s water.

In a medium-sized bowl, add 500 ml of sour cream and 500 ml of plain Greek yogurt. Mix together with 3-4 finely minced garlic cloves.

Add the cucumber, stir and place in the fridge.

For smaller households, simply cut the quantities by half (250 ml quantities, a medium-sized cucumber and less garlic).  

If I have some on hand, I top up the flavour with a little finely chopped fresh dill.

A batch of this delicious sauce is the perfect excuse to accompany your meal with a Greek salad. Combine a few tasty, ripe tomatoes, fresh cucumber, thinly sliced red onions, fresh bell peppers, black olives and some good feta. Toss everything with olive oil and red wine vinegar, and then garnish with parsley and a little fresh or dried oregano.

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein.

Thankful for your company throughout these trying times,