The worst part of the whole thing is that my sleep is often disturbed for a couple of days before a big event comes up. I'll wake up in the morning with a start, knowing that I've had a disturbing dream but not quite remembering what it was.
That happened to me earlier this week. I awoke too early, feeling upset without knowing why. I tried to go back to sleep, but only was able to achieve that state of half-sleep, half-wake, and my mind was still going ninety to nothing.
This isn't good, says I to myself, still half dreaming. Try to think lovely thoughts. Suddenly I was dreaming of cooking a beautiful meal. Literally beautiful, made with all kinds of colorful ingredients and an aroma like heaven. I woke a few hours later, feeling good and determined to make something pretty for supper.
I picked out two beautiful bell peppers, chopped them up with a baby bok choy, onion, mushrooms, a couple of garlic cloves, a fresh tomato, stir-fried all together in olive oil with some strips of chicken breast. Then I whisked together a sauce of 2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil, 2 tbsp. tamari, 2 tbsp. raw honey, the juice of half a lime, and about a teaspoon of water, and poured it over the dish after removing it from the fire but still hot in the skillet. I served it up with fresh cilantro, hot mustard, and lime slices on the side. It was as delicious as it was pretty. A perfect way to restore calm and balance to the universe.
disclosure : I used Quorn brand vegetarian "chicken" strips