Road Trip Picnic Part 1: Spicy Sprout Veggie Sandwich with Smoky Artichoke Mayo
This food story adventure centers around the passing of my Granny Hall(2 years ago) and the trek my family takes each year honoring her lifelong tradition of placing flowers on the tombstones of those she dearly loved. Yesterday was the anniversary of her passing. She is buried in a town called Monterey, TN and the cemetery is filled with family history. Honestly, the whole surrounding area is filled with family history. It's really neat to hear my Dad's regaling stories of his upbringing while traveling through. Those precious moments in time that have come and gone but are now visualized across the beautiful landscape through his descriptive words. It's as if you are experiencing a piece of your lineage. So this year I wanted to combine this special time with another tradition held dear by my Granny Hall. Food and Family. When she was alive, food was an integral part of all family gatherings. It was an energetic force that bound our family roots by symbolically nourishing us collectively. So, the more the merrier. I once remember her saying that when she was young all she wanted was to have babies. And, that she did...4(children) that grew into 11(grandchildren) and 6(great-grandchildren). Family was everything to her and I know she felt blessed.
Taking this food story out on the road felt like a connection to those deep family roots. It also provided an opportunity to weave in some new food adventures. But once I started engaging in how to tell this visual story, overwhelm became an apparent factor. The collection process although FUN became a life force all on it's own. Here's what happened. In the course of opening my creative channel, these visual like threads or mini movies shot out in all directions. Not one of them relenting in their trajectory. And since honor was the foundation upon which this journey traveled, I knew I had to do the same. You see, it wasn't ideal to entertain each thread into one perfect cohesive story(trust me I tried) but to walk multiple stories told from an empowered perspective. And by doing it this way, every part can respectfully unfold. I'm not entirely sure where the next phase will go but here I am and that's enough. The journey is the thing. And now as I bless Part 1 adieu, a new creative door will open onto the next landscape of this beautiful quest. Travel with me as this 4 Part Series unfolds.
So now let's get started with this Food Story Adventure. Check out the teaser video below of what's to come. Then continue on to follow Road Trip Picnic Part 1:)
Here's what you'll need to get started...
Smoky Artichoke Mayo
6 whole Artichoke Hearts(approximately one can)
10 tbsp Vegan Mayo
3 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder
2 tsp Smoked Paprika
No picnic is complete without a Sandwich and Sprouts have been my go to lately. So I decided to add in a few new items including an amped up Mayo.