A photo of an incredibly dashing couple on my friend Amanda Eliasch’s Facebook wall caught my eye. The depth behind their gaze intrigued me. A few weeks later I met Inesa and Barrington De La Roche with Amanda over cocktails in London, and I was instantly captivated by how their souls seemed to radiate a peaceful inner wisdom, yet as I spoke with Inesa, a lustfully inquisitive mind filled with creative energy became apparent. As with how I feel about Amanda, I really enjoyed a glimpse of the world through Inesa’s point of view. When I saw her  powerful, thought-provoking comment this morning, I asked her if I could share this food for thought with all of you.

Barrington and Inesa De La Roche

Barrington and Inesa De La Roche

The 21st century has turned into self-swallowing Sado-masochistic food syndrome… Social media is overflowed with information contradicting itself on ” healthy eating”, “well-being”, “conscious living”….

Instagram, for instance, overloaded with an obsession of “beach bodies”, “bikini mirror selfies”, “food plates”- from breakfast to dinner, gym videos with six packs and yoga headstands… Today food can be treated as a medicine… Just like herbs – it could heal you if you know how to use them, but if you don’t – will kill you…. But instead, food- body is treated as a fashion…. Being organic is fashionable, being at the gym 7/week it’s fashionable, making smoothies and energy drinks it’s fashionable, cooking greens and posting on Instagram it’s fashionable, “healthy” recipes are fashionable….therefore the “wellness” has turned into extremely successful “well-being” – new wave business industry …. As everything is based on supply and demand of course….

Amanda Eliasch and Inesa De La Roche

Amanda Eliasch and Inesa De La Roche

Besides, today you can even go shopping spiritually in stores or online…. Spirituality supermarkets are available …..

Any possible obsession is a disease…. It sounds rather ironic but a minute we think that eating green organic salad and doing yoga will make us immortal and makes us conscious, we already far out at sea from our roots of conscious true healthy Self…

If you are looking for the change, -Change yourself from the level of your soul…Become infinite, timeless, unlimited deep from within your core …. – Inesa De La Roche

Julie Anne Rhodes

Julie Anne Rhodes

Moral of the message: let common sense guide you and enjoy food! Life is too short to be spent obsessing over it. I can’t think of a more apropos message as the holidays are upon us. Here’s a perfect side dish recipe for your holiday celebrations.

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Smashed Carrots Tinged with Orange & Herbs

Orange brings out the natural sweetness of the carrots while the spices and herbs anchor it in the savory realm. These smashed carrots are a great low-carb alternative to mashed sweet potatoes and are festive enough for an enticing holiday side dish.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Smashed Carrots Tinged with Orange & Herbs

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large orange quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic whole
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 pound carrots peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Smashed Carrots Tinged with Orange & Herbs

  1. Bring the vegetable broth with orange, thyme, rosemary and garlic cloves to a boil. Add the carrots, adding water if necessary to cover, and continue to boil until softened enough to smash, about 40-45 minutes. Turn heat off.
  2. Drain in a colander. Remove herb stems, and all but one quarter of the orange, setting the saved quarter aside to cool slightly. Add the carrots and remaining bits of herbs and garlic back to the pan along with the butter and cardamom. Let the butter melt.
  3. Chop the remaining piece of orange, peel and all. Add back to the carrots, season to taste, then smash with a potato masher or roughly with a hand blender until desired consistency, there should still be some small, but solid bits of carrot.

Serving Suggestions

Delicious with just about any roasted meat, chicken, or pork chops.

Heat To Eat

Vent lid of container and heat in microwave 1-3 minutes, stirring midway to distribute heat evenly; or heat in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through, about 8-10 minutes.
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