“What can I do with this?”
Isn’t that always the question. A creative practice that I return to, again and again, is making something great out of… just something. Maybe it’s because I can’t bear to see anything go to waste, maybe it’s because I appreciate resourcefulness and innovation, or maybe I’m just too lazy to think of bigger ideas, but I usually begin a creative piece with one thing. For example: I write a poem because I couldn’t get a particularly juicy phrase out of my head all day; I get excited about a clothing item, and I build an outfit around it; I compose a melody because I woke up humming an appealing riff; or I invent a dish because I want to use (or use up) a certain ingredient.
My first creation for 30 Days of Creativity (1 day down, 29 to go…) was simple and small, but delish. And vegan. And fast. And I find it so satisfying when an entire nourishing meal fits into a single bowl. With toasted olive bread and a glass of homemade iced tea, it hit the spot.
Recipe: Brown some chopped onions on high heat. Then add an eggplant (cubed), chunks of red pepper, and a bit of water, and turn down the heat to medium-high. Add a handful of fresh oregano (or a couple spoonfuls of dried oregano) and some parsley and thyme. Garlic would be great in this as well. Simmer until it’s soft.
Do you do this one-item inspiration thing too? Tell me about it.