Shhhhh…let’s be quiet and be still…maybe just for a tiny moment. Something different is happening at Life in Recipes. Where is the beautiful photograph always situated between the title and body of text? What in the heck is going on? Please allow me tell you: my work on SYMON SAYS…LIVE TO COOK is nearing completion. Catering is historically slow this month and other clients are away. The kids are doing what they need to be doing. There is no beautiful photograph of food and nary a recipe in sight because what you are looking at is my clean kitchen. A very clean and somewhat empty kitchen. A kitchen that provides the hub of activity for a family that ebbs and flows in size depending on the week or day and serves as my workspace on most. A small, but adequately equipped kitchen that frequently puts out up to 72 separate dishes in a few days time. By me. I counted. Shopped, prepped, cooked, tested, re-tested, re-re-tested, packaged, delivered, and cleaned. Again, just me. I have been scrubbing and de-greasing, organizing, emptying and restructuring because in a very short while I am leaving town.
When I was around eight years old we took in a stray cat that had been hiding out in my Tata Nate’s cookie distribution warehouse. The cat was promptly named Shadow because of her grey coat of fur – I recognize that you are all intelligent people who probably could have figured that one out on your own. Shadow was an indoor-outdoor cat prone to taking off and not returning for days, behavior which would distress me terribly. My mother, in an attempt to assuage my worries would tell me that Shadow was just going out for a “pussycat adventure”, and that she would soon return — which she always did. In honor of the memory of that beloved cat Shadow, I am headed out for a pussycat adventure. I’m off to destinations far away from home in an everlasting and ever-loving quest for tastes, flavors and ingredients that elude me in my hometown, to gather a certain kind of peace in my heart I can only seem to find with travel to other lands, and because I just plain old loathe February in Cleveland.
I shall return, but as it ends up I will only be home for a couple of days to wash my face, brush my teeth, pay some bills and repack as I found out yesterday that I will be headed straight to Miami to work on another book (more on that in a future post) for another nine days. Meee-owza! Between business and pleasure, this little curly-haired kitty is going to be away from home for a while. I don’t think I could live it any other way.
And, HELLO, people! What about the gorgeous new site???!!! I could not, could not be more pleased with the outcome. Special props and gratitude go out to Kyle Roth of Epstein Design Partners and Alison Crawford of Crawford Design. Kyle was able to extract from a couple of friendly meetings what I had been envisioning in my head as the look and feel for my new home at WordPress, and managed to do exactly that in a professional and expeditious manner. I already had in place my logo and font graphics from Alison; again handled with professionalism and an impeccable eye and ear for detail. They were both able to capture the essence of ME. Much appreciation and thanks to you both. Again, I credit DT Ruhlman for capturing my sunny best in the radiant headshot; I thank you. As always, I welcome any and all comments, e-mails, suggestions, witticisms, bad jokes, etc. I am happy to hear from you. The new link to my feed is located at the bottom of the links column on this page.
For a couple of reasons, I can’t seem to get this song from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp out of my head:
We are Siamese, if you please.
We are Siamese if you don’t please!
We are former residents of Siam
There are no finer cats than we am.