Hello to anyone beginning to follow me on this new journey of culinary experimentation, dietary exploration and musings, photoblogging and ultimately, self-discovery. I’m all too thrilled to begin sharing some of my own personal insights about preparing delicious meals, enjoying food fully, making mealtime an opportunity to feel creative, healthy, connected. In the end, it’s about making food that is healing to your body and mind. That which might warm your spirit and invigorate your efforts in the world, whatever they may be.
My first post might give people a skewed idea about what my future posts will be like. I’m presenting a very ambitious meal I made several weeks ago for my girlfriend Melanie in celebration of our 1 year anniversary since we originally met at Sweet Revenge. I prepared an 8 course tasting menu inspired by some of our favorite meals from the last year together. This is by no means the “norm” for me, in that elaborate and multi-course meals are a rarity for me. But it brought me such intense pleasure planning and preparing the meal, and then I believe it brought Melanie and me great joy savoring every bite. The menu is in this post and the images of each course are below.
A note on recipes: it is a blessing and curse that I tend not to rely on or remember recipes very well. I try to develop a feeling, an intuition about ingredients and how to combine them. Unfortunately I often do not write down how much of my ingredients I’ve put into a dish, as I cook in a very whimsical, chaotic manner, though with great passion and pleasure. However this poses problems for reproducibility on occasion. But for the purposes of the blog I shall make attempts to at least include the ingredients, and will try in the future to approximate ratios of ingredients to make it reproducible for my readers. And if any of these dishes appeal to you, I can offer plenty of tips, and my best effort at reconstructing a recipe for you.