As I write this, a batch of heirloom tomatoes are slow-roasting in the oven. It is foggy outside and cool. Leaves on the trees are that goldy-green colour they get at this time of year, especially along muddy riverbanks. It’s peaceful. The aroma filling the house is heavenly. The tomatoes are roasting with thyme from the garden, olive oil and garlic. Later they’ll be transformed into a Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce.
Making a slow-roasted tomato sauce takes patience and planning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not hard to do but it does mean thinking ahead and then being willing to wait while the tomatoes take their sweet tomatoey time to intensify. Definitely worth it because the sauce – the outcome – will be a rich, pungent reminder of deep summer and the reward of time invested. For me, this type of cooking is a signal of summer’s true end and the beginning of autumn.
And autumn is a time when we roll up our cardigan sleeves and get back to school or work and get started on the projects we dreamed up while lying in summer’s indolent hammock. But, oh! to bring a little of that lazy sweetness along with us as we launch into fresh lists and new goals.
In October, I’m co-leading a two-day personal leadership retreat called “Starting Where You Are” in the beautiful resort community of Whistler B.C.
Using coaching frameworks, the primary focus over the weekend will be creating a leadership philosophy and a personal strategic plan, so you can translate your thoughts, feelings and ideas into action.
We’ll also offer tips and tools so you will come away ready to take your work or life to the next level. From giving great presentations to social media we’ve got you covered. Oh, and that book you’re secretly dying to write – we’ve got that, too. And if that doesn’t do it for you, you’ve got the option to skip a topic and book a massage, reiki or 1:1 session or just take time to reflect.
Consider it the slow-roasting approach to getting back into gear.
The rewards of taking time to stop, reflect, plan, and re-energize multiply as the days and months unfold. Investing in time for yourself now gives you clarity and focus in the future.
Kind of like the way popping open that jar of savoury sauce in mid-winter fills you with joy and a certain smug satisfaction that you took the time to do it right.
Meantime, here is the recipe for Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce (inspired by a recipe from Golden Ears FEAST).
- 2 baskets of mixed heirloom tomatoes, quartered
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 c olive oil + 1 T
- 1 T butter
- 1 diced onion
- 1/2 bunch fresh basil
- 1 1/2 cups dry white or red wine
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste