Creativity requires courage. And even if you only have a little, you have courage.
A few years ago, one of my close friends came to me and said that she wanted to expand her creativity by taking a writing class. She came seeking support, and she begged me to join her. So, I did. I had no clue what to expect, and on the day of the class, I was so nervous that I was the one who needed support. When I walked into the class, I felt surrounded by a sea of serious, studious-looking adults. I pacified myself by remembering that I was really only there to support my friend. Of course, accidentally snapping my pencil in half said differently. Then came the assignment. We were given a generic topic to write about for 30 minutes. After what seemed like only one millisecond, the teacher asked the entire class to turn their papers in.
Our written work was returned to us the following week, and in bold red ink, mine had a huge, circled “R” on it. At first I thought, “Does ‘R’ stand for ‘Re-do this!’ Could it have been so bad that I needed to start over?” It felt like those dreams you have where you are back in school, the teacher is giving a test, and you had no idea it was coming. It was only then that he announced that those students with “R’s” on their papers had to read their work in front of the entire class.
Now, I don’t live under the delusion that I’m even close to being a great writer, but that class helped awaken in me a creativity that had previously been dormant. We all have creativity inside of us; it allows us to expand without boundaries and the mystery is how it can take multiple shapes and forms.
Yet, in order to tap into that place where creativity lives, one needs to make an inner space for imagination. Something I do often is to try to create a blank canvas in my mind by allowing myself to daydream. This means letting go of all practicality and control in that moment. I find it so helpful to allow my imagination and random thoughts to have the freedom to intertwine. I do this with my recipes all the time: I imagine the flavors and combine unconventional spices and tastes in my mind, and then I go for it.
After the passing of my father, my mum took art classes and began painting to cope with her loss. My brother and I were in awe of her ability to translate her raw emotions so beautifully onto canvas. Some of that lovely art still decorates my home, and reminds me of the power of imagination to heal and to open us to new adventures.
A word of caution here: Creativity does not always come from a happy place. As we know of many artists, a tortured soul fuels their art. I would not, however, suggest cooking when angry (someone could get hurt!). I was taught from a very young age never to put negative energy into food, but only love, because when it’s there, you can taste it.
Sometimes to find your creativity you have to try something new and dare your mind to imagine and explore.
I was feeling a little creative when I came up with this recipe to combine traditional Indian flavors with Mediterranean presentation.
Tapping into Your Creativity
- Lose your ego. Don't judge or put pressure on yourself to create masterpieces too soon. Self-judgement often stops us from starting.
- Get your mind going. Go for a walk, dance around the house, or change your environment to spark inspiration.
- Pick a canvas and a goal. Whether a piece of paper, a painters canvas, or your kitchen stove, pick the place where you want to create.
- Select the resources you want to create with. For example, if you want to try your creativity in the kitchen, pick some key ingredients you want to experiment with.
- Fearlessly start fusing your ideas together. Let your imagination lead you.
- When you have exhausted your ideas, without being hard on yourself, look at what you've created and what you've learned.
- If you're comfortable, share it with someone you trust.
Chicken Tikka Wrap
- 2 eggs
- 4 wheat tortillas
- 1 large chicken breast (cut into strips)
- 1 Life is a Recipe® Tikka Masala Kit
- 1 red onion (cut into strips length wise)
- 4 green chilies (to taste, cut length wise, optional)
- ½ lemon (juiced)
- ¼ cup cilantro (to garnish)
Marinating Chicken with Life is a Recipe® Tikka Masala Part 1
In a large bowl, combine organic plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt and 3 teaspoons of Tikka Masala Part 1.
Stir in with 2 chicken breasts.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly oil the pan.
Bake until the juices run clear.
Instructions for Chicken Tikka Wrap
Warm ghee in a medium pan.
Heat tortilla in the pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of egg and drizzle over the tortilla.
Add a few strips of chicken.
Add onion, cilantro and a few strips of chili.
Squeeze a few drops of lemon onto the chicken.
Fold over both sides of the tortilla and have them meet in the middle.
Spread ghee on the fold and then flip over until both sides are crisp.
Serve and enjoy.