I have felt a sense of anticipation recently. It’s kind of like when I first started seeds from scratch. I had read countless You Grow Girl blog entries, stood overwhelmed staring at bags of seed starting mix, and deliberated for hours over little packets at the garden center. I may have gotten a bit carried away. The corner of our bedroom became a makeshift greenhouse, artificial sunlight and all (my husband Peder is a kind man). Every night before bed, I crouched down to examine the surface of each soil-filled pot, fussing over my babies like a mother hen. When the first little green arm finally appeared, I felt a rush of excitement and congratulated my new friend, exclaiming “You germinated!”
Now, another new beginning is here. I have read, researched, thought quite a bit, and fussed. I could wait for the stars to align…for a perfect moment of inspiration. But for me, things that are “perfect,” those which fit neatly into a little box, do not encompass much soul or creativity.
I am blogging because cooking has become an outlet, a canvas on which to splash the fancies of my five senses. But most of all, my food has become a friend, someone to have a conversation with even when I’m alone.
At last, the beginning has arrived. Finally, this seed that I have been guarding is ready to face the outside world. This little corner of the web will soon be filled with the colors and ideas. It will be up to you, reader, to create the smells and tastes and experiences. Let’s play, create and interact. Let’s cozy up and chat. Let’s get to know the many personalities of our food, and then…let’s leave this neatly crafted box and see what we can really create when we take a risk; when we leave “perfect” behind and just go for it…
So get in the kitchen and spoon with me!