Every year, just around mid-November I promise myself not to hibernate through the ever-darkening days of winter. December passes by in an intimate family circle of festivities and holiday decorations get packed away for another year in a slow-motion ritual.
Despite all efforts to the contrary, the quiet comforts of home define the month of January. Regrettably (or so it may seem), the cold season settles in for a begrudgingly accepted stay.
Cooking soups and making stews with sturdy greens and roots are the practical results of the dark days of this season. Reading books pass the time during long evenings indoors, but gathering my thoughts truly tell my story of winter.
With pen and paper in hand, at this time of year I slow down to write. Although most of my published writing is in fact a series of seasonal recipes, my personal journals outline my reasons for being. Writing in quiet solitude makes sense to the puzzle of daily life in other words.
In the coming year I will be creating anew, first and foremost in my blog. During the last months, I have actually been working on the introduction of three new forms of expression to expand upon my recipe writing. Just like the notebooks stacked on my desk, each addition will be shaped into a chapter to form a broader creative diary.
Firstly, I will make place for visual inspiration and photos of my surroundings, not directly related to cooking a specific dish. This chapter will be a photo journal as it were.
Secondly, I will add a means for the unknowing reader to explore and utilize the recipes I publish, without having to read a diary of food memories first! This chapter will be much like a library.
Lastly, I will design a space for stories, simply because there are so many interesting people and places in the world. Sometimes a narrative will be historical or even factual in nature. Primarily, this chapter will document the noteworthy I happen to be lucky to discover. Imagine it as a thesaurus of significant things if you will.
My ambition is expansive. It’s going to take some time. In the meanwhile I will keep writing here, in the journal I started so many years ago.
On a weekly basis my journey about the essential and the ordinary in life and cooking can be tracked on my Instagram account.