I celebrated my birthday this week and I think for most of us not in our teens or early twenties it tends to be a time for introspection, often uninvited & arriving at the most startling of moments.
Mine occurred rather unexpectedly one evening & let me tell you, this little piggy had an attitude adjustment! And a lot of it had to do with this blog.
It's been a lot like a two-sided coin; I LOVE the cooking & the writing and having the conversations as I'm doing both. I seem to cook all the time and then I dream about it all night! So that part's great.
The part that has reared its ugly head is the one I have no control over; but like so many aspects of modernity, it's geared to give one a false sense of power & control. While I'm in the spotlight on stage giving this monologue, backstage is a flurry of activity & it's all about numbers - of clicks & how many people visit & view pages and to me it's all of this rubbish that has absolutely nothing to do with joy of cooking & the love that pours into a meal & it is completely draining!
My dearest friend in Sydney, who happens to have the business acumen like an arrow, once said to me "When you feel on unsteady ground in your personal life or in business, reflect back to the beginning & remind yourself why you decided to do something; because therein lies the answer"
And so I did & I realized that I had decided to write this blog in all its delicious details because I wanted to inspire at least ONE person to roast a chicken brilliantly, and to feel empowered about baking a tart they would have never touched with a 10-foot pole and feel like someone is holding their hand the entire way through a recipe.
Those were my reasons - it had never anything to do with the numbers & the clicks and thinking about the things I cannot control no matter what the 'tech-ey networking gurus' want us to believe!
So no more counting for me - no counting days & weeks & clicks & all of that.
I want to do more of this -
And I want to be blessed with more of this -
It's about gathering & the joy of cooking!
And speaking of food, we haven't done any seafood! What's life without good seafood? We must absolutely remedy that at once!
And I haven't forgotten that I must come up with some creative recipes for that brioche dough in the refrigerator.
So there you have it, this coming week the only thing I'll be counting is on you being here & you can count on more yummy food posts coming your way!
Please join me in the kitchen again & stay for the friendship & the food!