Thursday, March 24, 2011


Caviar Appetizer by Dr. Jennifer Freed

Dr. Jennifer Freed

When celebrating minor or major events in writing I make sure to mark the milestones with my favorite California accented caviar appetizer. I have used this appetizer to motivate me to finish a paragraph as well as to salute the publishing of a book. The ingredients are portable too and have traveled in ice chests to faraway cabins. Occasionally you may even have this appetizer to whet the imagination, and the tongues of the muses.

This appetizer goes best with a dry bubbly and some raucous salutations about good times coming, and copious blessings of some earnest endeavor. It also helps to have luscious and sensuous music in the background as you prepare the appetizer i.e. Latin groove, soft jazz, or African beat.

It is simple to make, however this treat never fails to delight the most cynical and hesitant celebrants.

Caviar Appetizers

Ingredients (ratios are entirely up to the chef’s palette)

Decent Black Caviar or Salmon Roe

Thin sliced avocado wedges

Finely chopped hard boiled eggs

Minced red onions

Sourdough toast points

A dollop of sour cream

Arrange the toppings artfully on the sourdough toast points and experience the burst of piquant with the mellow calming of avocado, and do raise the glass with each bite. Try to be sparing on the amount of bubbly you drink with each nibble because there have been times when this appetizer turned into a heady and delirious debauchery followed by embarrassing dancing, and going to sleep way too early.

The trick of true pleasure is to savor the smallest increments of joy with a ritual of gratefulness. When you mix the heights of caviar with the humbleness of bread and eggs you realize that all creative jubilation comes from hard patient work and the boldness of reaching towards the heavens. Now get to work and plan for the next ritual of indulgence!

About the Author

For more than 25 years, Jennifer Freed, Ph.D., has been a licensed marriage and family counselor, group psychotherapist and educator. She was the Clinical Director at PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE, one of the country’s leading centers for depth psychology, where she continues to serve as a professor and workshop leader.
Dr. Freed is a recognized expert on behavioral matters such as teen bullying, character development, marriage and family relationships, and diversity issues. She has provided thousands with the practical tools to compassionately reassess personal behaviors and make significant life changes.

National media appearances include GOOD MORNING AMERICA, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, ABC NEWS, FOX NEWS, SIRRIUS RADIO, AIR AMERICA, USA TODAY, DISNEY.COM, LIFESCRIPT.COM, and others. Jennifer Freed currently hosts the popular radio program FREED UP! on Voice America.

Jennifer Freed is the co-founder/director of the highly successful teen program called THE ACADEMY OF HEALING ARTS (AHA!), which serves more than 1000 families annually in the state of California. AHA! is dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence, and social conscience in teenagers , while helping them set goals, support their peers, and serve their community. For The Academy of Healing Arts, Dr. Freed created the educational book series “BECOME YOUR BEST SELF”, which includes workbooks on Relationship Wisdom, Character, Compassion and Creative Expression, targeted to teens and young adults.

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