The last time I updated this blog was December. I can’t say that I have a good excuse other than I got lazy and a bit burned out on the whole thing. I stopped carrying my DSLR camera around and stopped taking so many photos of my meals to post on Instagram. I was tired of experiencing everything through a screen. From stepping away from everything I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration in the past half year. Since my last post I’ve traveled to Europe four times, did a round of Whole30 much to my surprise, and got a promotion at work (yay!).
It seems like an extreme to go from a very Spartan diet such as Whole30 to eating croissants in France and pasta in Italy, but I think that occasionally you need to experience both ends of a spectrum to re-calibrate somehow. These different regimes also inspired in different ways. Whole30 forced me to cook for myself constantly and made me think of food in a new and creative way. The meals get repetitive and you need to think of new, “healthy” ways to jazz them up.
With my trips to France and Italy, I really got to experience the pleasure of a slow, leisurely meal, something I think Americans don’t really know how to do well. I think both confirmed to me that when you start with high quality, well sourced ingredients you usually end up with something delicious, even if it’s something quite simple. I’m looking forward to sharing these experiences on this blog through some recipes in the near future!