I’ve had a lot of changes in the last couple of months with the boys moving out of the house, and now it has been less than two weeks since I put in my resignation where I worked. I have been with a nonprofit since 2009 in some form or fashion. At first, volunteering to raise funds to have this place built, and then I eventually moved into a staff position speaking on their behalf. I am very passionate about bringing awareness to victimization and love to speak, so being in the speakers bureau was right up my alley. My decision to leave was a painful one, but one that I thought was best for me. But now, sitting here, still feeling unnerved by what I did, I think, “Uh oh, I did it and now what am I going to do during this stretch in my life?”
I have always had two deep passions. One, as I said, is bringing awareness to victimization, especially teen dating violence. However, the second one is almost as strong and that is my love for food. Whether it is going to the farmers market and wandering to the different booths to learn about something I never heard before and with eager anticipation trying their product, then buying said unknown merchandise and taking it home, researching about it, and then creating a delectable dish. Okay, maybe not always delectable but at least I try to learn and cook something new.
I am now taking this precious phase in my life to learn and concentrate on my creativity in food. I am motivated to hone my craft and to find out where that will then lead me. One of the first learning adventures will be in food photography. I have been posting about my recipes, but rarely I put up pictures. That is because I didn’t really know how to take great culinary pictures. And, if I were being truly honest, I would be so into how people were just loving on the food I would forget to take the picture.
And, if I win the lottery (ha-ha), I would love to be able to travel and try different cuisines. I’ve always wanted to go to Germany, where my mother’s parents grew up. Italy and France are also at top of the list. Actually, anywhere where the people are passionate about their food and are willing to share their culture secrets works for me. Hey, I just thought of another passion and that is travel!
I think as I learn more about my particular passion in the culinary world, this will ultimately make dinadishes.com more interesting. Though this exploration right now has me a little off balance, I am so looking forward to enjoying the dizzying thrill ride on this unknown stretch of road.
And talking about thrills and being off balance, I found fresh Bhut Jolokia (ghost peppers) yesterday. I will post next week what I did with these red-hot beauties. I know what I have in mind, but let’s see if I can pull it off without damaging my innards. Until then, happy creating.