Sunday, April 11, 2010

Oh inspiration! You do strike at such odd times.

Inspiration can suddenly strike you when you least expect it. This blog was inspired by this noodle dish. Can you believe that? I am sure people might think I am very strange for feeling creativity strike me as I read a recipe.
I am quite an amateur foodie though so for those of you who know me well then it might make perfect sense. Here's a long story about how I got inspired. A couple of years ago I read the book "Julie/Julia" and while it was an easy read it didn't strike any real resounding cords with me. For this woman just happened to be lucky that she somehow gained a following while she struggled through ever single recipe that Julia Childs put into her cookbook. To me blogging really seems like the luck of the draw. I am convinced right now that my blog is only faithfully read by friends and family and most just going out there into the vast unused parts of the Internet. Last night I was flipping channels and came across the movie version of the same book. And so I stayed up and watched it, alas I'm not sure if it was such a great idea as I have a lovely head cold that I just can't shake. As I sat there watching the movie I felt that it really would have worked much better as a play, since it flips back and forth the transitions actually might be better. The people behind the movie also took out some of the most comical bits that the book offered up to it's readers as well. The author of the book actually had a very tough time finding certain cuts of meat or butcher shops at all because of the era and timing thing. We just don't eat the same way they did and we aren't in Europe where visiting a variety of little shops is the normal rule of thumb when it comes to shopping. The one resounding thing the movie did give me was this; Julia Childs stumbled upon cooking and as luck would have it made her famous. Here I am trying to find my way and it would seem that that type of luck really doesn't strike very often. People tell me that I take lovely photographs or that my cooking is excellent and yet I haven't found a way to make money off of either these "hobbies". Maybe it is because I don't know the "right" people or I am absolutely horrible at promoting myself. Who knows. I would also love to be a write but alas all I can say is I am published on this here blog. I digress. Let me bring us back to the pasta dish. I bought this cookbook about casseroles thinking that it would help me find some quick and easy dishes for the work week. The recipes inside this book though are incredibly varied and many I don't consider a casserole. I find myself editing the recipes and improvising with them because most of the time the cooking time is irrelevant or there isn't enough seasonings. A couple of days a go I read the recipe through and decided that whomever had written had never actually made it. Tonight as I started making it and instantly began fixing all the faults with it I thought about Julia Childs testing out all the recipes in her book and then Julie working her way through them all in a year. The time and dedication it must have taken each of these women is astounding. It really is too bad that people these days can't actually dedicate that kind of time to most aspects of their lives. If they did we might have far fewer cookbooks for example. Because let's be honest here many are just plain crap. Our society has been pushing connivance and instant gratification that we have long ago forgotten how to actually stop and enjoy ourselves. Who do you know in the United States that actually spends most of the day cooking a glorious meal and then siting down to eat it slowly and saviour it? Nobody comes to mind, right? The closest I get to this is my monthly dinner with friends. Although I can't say that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen every dinner nor do we sit for 5 hours enjoying the food and conversation. We do at least get to sit down and enjoy each other's company for a good 2 hours and in today's world that is an eternity! What this all comes down to is this; I will continue on my way (and blog) to take beautiful pictures, make delicious food and desserts, write (when I can) and use complete sentences as much as possible (notice how everyone talks in clauses thanks to texting? Letters are almost completely dead! And people are too lazy to spell things out these days.) I thank my few loyal readers out there for listening. I need to put my little soap box away now and try and kick this cold in the rear.

3 comments:

Frank said...

thank goodness you don't follow the receipes verbatim -- you've saved us from many a bland & boring meal.

Luna Indigo said...

now I'll just have to write what I did down....

pooja said...

I have yet to be disappointed (and/or less than satisfied) with anything you've ever made at one of said monthly dinners. I wish I had your talents -- keep it up!!

And see you Sunday :o)