*Originally posted on Changing Journey*
Once upon a time, writing was my therapy. It was a daily process that was cathartic to me. Abuse robs you of your voice and blogging became my only voice. Once upon a time….
As I explained to a fellow blogger just recently, my life is now in a good place and balanced. I’m finding that there is less and less of a need to write and when I sit down to do a post, I have a hard time piecing together something worth reading. Yet, I do miss writing! I just don’t need it as therapy any longer, and it is quite possibly time to change my direction with my writing. Maybe look at my writing as a way of sharing my passions, my triumphs, and even my occasional stumblings. And I thought that a good starting point would be the joy I find in cooking.
I can’t claim to be a fantastic cook and in the know when it comes to all the proper techniques and latest gadgets. But give me a recipe and I’ll do a fair job.
All of this came about because yesterday, Daniel and I made a long overdue trip to the Asian market to replace some of our staple items….shoyu, mirin, sesame oil, curry and mabo dofu sauces, just to name a few things. And no trip is complete without picking up a little treat. Yesterday, we grabbed a few pork bao. I probably shouldn’t have indulged, since the sweet bun is made with milk, but it was so good! I’ll just know where my blemishes have come from, if and when I break out in the next few days!
The Asian market has always been a fun field trip for me! The shelves full of strange sauces, pastes, and pickled or fermented things. The butcher counters with their oddities such as chicken feet, honeycomb tripe, and goat. Even their seafood counter with the tanks of live fish and frogs (poor froggies!).
So why is this such an adventure for me? On the side of the US where I grew up, it was a very different culture. The typical diet was very PA Dutch or meat and potatoes. And while there are some interesting dishes such as pork and sauerkraut, or chicken pot pie (no – not the same as the Marie Calendar’s pot pie from the freezer section), there isn’t a whole lot of variation. Despite being a self-proclaimed foodie, I was cooking for a household that wasn’t as open to diverging much from that diet. Thus, I didn’t get as much of an opportunity to try new dishes.
But that was then and this is now. I have been fortunate to have found Daniel, who is as much of a foodie as I am! My regular meal rotation now includes dishes such as yakisoba, somen, mabo dofu, chicken (or tofu) katsu, miso, Japanese curry, Filipino adobo, tikka masala, and vindaloo….with many more that I’m itching to try. Some of these I make from scratch and some I use sauce packets, just for the convenience, but I love them all.
As Daniel and I were browsing through the market yesterday, we looked at all of the various items. Some we knew, but many we couldn’t identify, either because we weren’t familiar with it or because there was no English on the label! However, so much of it looked so yummy! We agreed that every so often, we needed to pick up an unfamiliar ingredient and learn how to use it. And since I already have my recipe pages, I will try to be faithful in sharing my recipes, both new and old….as well as sharing the journey in the discovery.
And as for my writing, I will try to also be more faithful in sharing my hobbies and passions. Aside from Cactus Flower Naturals, I have actually developed quite a few hobbies and past-times in the last few months and am actually quite excited to share!