I started this blog to document my life, and how I tried to make each day more than ordinary. I intended to post weekly. I intended to post about cooking , crafts, geekery, & being a mom. I have 9 posts… 9 in almost over an year. Pretty pathetic.
I had an epiphany today. I just finished reading the book Delancey, and I’ve never been more inspired. I’m 34 years old and for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to do something special or out of the ordinary with my life. I could never figure out what it would be. I have many interests so one by one I started pursuing things and tried to make a business out of them. Jewelry making, knitting, sewing, sculpy clay beads, handbag design, graphic design, & candle making. I’ve started many blogs, 3 novels, and one cookbook. I have never seen any of these things through. It ends today.
A few months back, I decided to take my blog in a different direction. I wanted to write about everything that I like, and I thought people would be interested. I wanted it to be more than a mommy blog, or a cooking/crafting blog. I became directionless – until today. I seriously was smacked in the face with inspiration. I am not sure what I was running from all of this time. I guess I felt like if I settled on just one thing, that I would be abandoning other parts of myself. Let’s face it though, what do I know about being a mom that others don’t? I didn’t want to paint this picture perfect portrait of my life or my child making other moms feel less than. I also didn’t want to overshare my truths and become a whiner which I have noticed is a growing trend. I like to craft, but I mainly gain inspiration from what is already out there. So then what? Become a curator of other’s ideas? There is nothing wrong with that, but it just wasn’t what I was looking to do.
I’ve struggled with this for quite some time. However, it was just so plain that I can’t believe that it didn’t hit me before. I would write exclusively about cooking. I LOVE to cook. I love to learn about cooking. I’ve always been hesitant to do so before because I am far from an expert. I am just a simple home cook who grew up alongside my grandma in the kitchen. I realize that there are a lot of cooking blogs out there. However, I am looking to take a new approach. I want to document my journey of learning all I can about cooking. You will get the good, the bad and the really really bad. I plan to immerse myself into one hobby and shed my ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ image and become a master home cook. Who knew one book would change someone’s life so much?
Delancey, documented a couple opening a restaurant. The husband (the driving force) was a bit like me in that he tried different hobbies here and there, and his wife (the book’s author) only took him only semi seriously when he decided to open a pizzeria. She went into great detail on how immersed her husband became in making the perfect pizza. He would travel, stay up into the wee hours of the night making pie after pie, and even modified their home oven to increase the temperature. Reading this made me realize that I have NEVER been that dedicated to any of my side pursuits. It’s that kind of dedication that inspired me to focus on the one thing that I am pretty good at to become really good at. Cooking.
I once thought of an idea for a cookbook for newlyweds. I organized the chapters, I started writing recipes, I even wrote the introduction. Then I stopped. I either got lazy or I lost interest, and one day while at the mall with my husband I saw it there in the window. My cookbook. It was done better than I ever could have or would have done because up until now I would have not immersed myself fully. Well I am here to say right here and now that I am diving in head first, and hopfully the next cookbook idea that I have will be sitting in a window somewhere (or hopefully someone’s kitchen counter) with my name on it. I woke up this morning with a renewed sense of self, and an idea for a killer frittata. The idea panned out well and I ended up sharing half with my toddler son!
1 small Zucchini cut into thin slices
½ cup cherry tomatoes
4 garlic cloves (sliced)
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup parmigiano reggiano ( and some for garnish)
Chopped basil & Parsely for garnish
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to broil.
Coat the bottom of a heavy bottomed skillet with extra virgin olive oil, and turn the heat to medium low.
Add the sliced garlic, and cook until tender. Layer the zucchini slices on top and the sliced tomatoes on top of that. Let cook uncovered until the zucchini becomes translucent and slightly brown (carmelized).
While the zucchini is cooking whisk together the egg, Parmigiano reggiano, and heavy cream. When the zucchini are done, add the egg mixture to the top and cook on med low for 2 min. Add the pan to the broiler watching carefully. Frittata should be firm on top and not brown (about 3-5 min)