I’ve been away from this blog for a while, which is pretty sad since some of you were hanging out regularly. To be honest, I originally fell away from it because I was tired and uninspired. But lately, it’s because I’ve been so busy searching for new inspiration in life! (Taking eighteen hours of university courses has also been keeping me a tad busy.) If I’m being honest, I’ve also thought, “is anyone even reading this?? who cares?!” I mean, the entire reason I set this space up was in hopes of sharing a love for food and life and beautiful things with a group of people that share a love for these things, as well. Thanks to you few lovely folks who have prodded me to continue; I’ve decided to return!
Even though I have not been blogging, I’ve definitely been eating. Lots and lots of roasted chickens and pork butts and other bizarre things like lamb tongue pate. I’ve also picked up some new knife skills and cooked a dinner with Ron Eyester and Hector Santiago. I’ve made some new friends, thought seriously about starting an “underground” supper club, dreamed of wood-fired ovens and summer nights filled with good food and fresh air and twinkly lights. I’ve cooked a few Tuscan porchetta roasts and spent a few weeks cooking for precious and wonderful kids that don’t care so much for lemon or garlic or vegetables or anything that is good and flavorful in my book (you want whhatt?? toast with ketchup??!!). I’m in the middle of a Lenten fast, and I have spent a lot of time on my knees in prayer, wondering what the heck I am doing with my life. (I think I may want to do lots of food stuff, like start a farmer’s market with community garden sourced veggies in a poorer side of town, and maybe I want to do some market tours and very informal cooking classes. I’d also like to be a pastor/theologian/counselor that lives incarnationally half the year and spends the other half traveling the world learning about people and loving them in their brokenness, trying to be an ambassador of God’s great redemptive work. I do really want to travel the world. The entire world. Lots. I’d like to study art and culture and food and anthropology and how it all works together – how we are at once so wonderfully different but beautifully similar. All of this travel will help me with my new role as curator or something or other at some museum, where I will study old and beautiful things and hope to educate a community about centuries of artistic expression. While I’m doing some work on myself, I want to meet others who are feeling overwhelemed or outcast or forgotten, and I want to encourage them that they are absolutely cherished and adored. I’d like to work with a few refugees and people that are trying to make it here, I want to help them transition to this country, cook for them and learn a few things for myself! And of course, I want to write about it all. In the midst of all this, I want to eat. Everything. See? Very busy.)
But I have come back around to this little space in hopes that you friends of mine will join back in and share with me – what you’re cooking and eating and dreaming of and being inspired by. I’m so happy if you can come to my blog and receive something – but please do speak up! Let’s share with one another. As for me, no more empty plates!