This winter has officially turned me into a hermit. It may not be fair to solely blame winter, but I do seem to be spending a whole lot of time indoors this year. Reader, I don’t know about where you live, but we have been getting some wacky weather the past couple of months, and I’ve preferred to distance myself from it by hiding away in my comparatively calm, warm and safe kitchen.
That being said, my hermit status provides ample opportunity for cooking and photographing new and exciting recipes, so this blog is reaping the benefits of my reclusion. And aside from a freak 45-minute, complete-white-out blizzard yesterday afternoon that nearly ruined my shoot of a lovely composed salad, this weekend has been extremely productive blog-wise. So there’s that.
Do you find yourself craving the comforts of home more in the winter, or is it just me? Once I’m home, the thought of venturing out into the blustery wilderness of winter, unless it’s an absolute necessity, does not appeal.
Here’s what happened this week:
What I posted:
- Blueberry Banana Nut Bread, a moist, delicious loaf that barely made it through the photo shoot before being (ahem) devoured.
- Cheesy Bacon-Wrapped Dates, the perfect sweet-savoury-salty bite.
- Beef in Red Wine, a ridiculously tasty beef stew that my mom used to make. Perfect cold-weather comfort food.
What I read:
Among other things, I am currently reading the historical romance Katherine by Anya Seton and I am absolutely loving it. The past couple of years I have been on a bit of an historical romance kick. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that I really enjoy the juicy drama of the romance genre, and I somehow feel virtuous if I’m learning something whilst getting my fix. For instance, Katherine takes place in 14th century England, and I’m becoming very knowledgable about the Plantagenet dynasty and life during the Middle Ages. Also it’s a juicy romance. Win-win!
I also recently picked up Helene Dujardin’s Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling, as I’m ready to take my photography skills and knowledge to the next level. Perhaps the brilliant Helene (and some good old fashioned trial-and-error… emphasis on the error) can help me move from Beginner to, say, Beginner Plus? Here’s hoping.
What I obsessed over:
I’m planning a trip to Italy in September. I can barely drag myself away from travel websites and tour guides at the moment. I’ve never been abroad, and I’ve been fascinated with the food, art, architecture and culture of Italy for as long as I can remember. My poor coworkers: every other word out of my mouth these days is “Italy.”
I promise I will try not to talk you all to death about my travel plans these next few months! However, if you’ve been to Italy and have some suggestions, please send them along. I may mention Italy from time to time, but how about I bribe you with a scrumptious Italian recipe while I’m at it?
Until next time,