A bit of a confession to make: for the past year or so, I haven’t really cooked. Okay, I have – but certainly not nearly as much as I like to. First there was my possibly slightly unwise decision to move into a shared group house where the only available cooking appliances for six (yep) housemates was a small, portable 2-burner cooktop and a toaster oven. Then, the other small detail of enrolling in a 1-year, slightly accelerated Master’s program that took up all of my weekends and often, my weeknights until 9pm, had its way with my schedule from August to May. Then there was the finding-a-job, then the getting-a-job (for which I am certainly grateful), then moving again (more on that soon). As I’m not much one to fight over cooking space nor one to ignore the call of weeks full of exams or job applications, I didn’t cook very much. In fact, I never even unpacked nearly all of my boxes labeled “kitchen stuff” while living in the big six-person house in the first place.
Which brings us to today: I’m now in my new (as of 2 weeks ago) apartment, and housemate-free – except for my boyfriend, who I’d never mind sharing a kitchen with. Also inside is a real, bona-fide stove and oven (gasp!) and unearthed from the boxes they’ve hidden in the past year are my pans, pots, towels, spices – and sundry other kitchen necessities such as the Alli-Grator (a gift from my brother and homage to my name). I can’t tell you how good this feels, just the simple fact of having a space to do some boring ol’ cooking in.
The new apartment is wonderful, yet for my nagging food photography habit, it needs a little help. The windows all look out onto a Japanese-inspired garden filled with green trees, plants, shrubs, and even rushing waterfalls whose sound fills the space whenever the windows are open. These plants are gorgeous. I love them. And as someone from the desert, I can’t imagine a better view. But their abundance also means a lot of sunlight is blocked from the windows. Surely come winter, the leaves will have turned gold, red, brown and then fallen off, hopefully leaving a little more room for light to stream in; regardless I think I will need to finally invest in some good artificial lighting if I ever want to take a semi-decent photo in here. I plan on doing so very soon, as I’ve already been cooking whenever my heart desires: I made this chicken piccata again, and these “scone-like” cookies (though I now think they do need a little salt), to name a couple. And even though there was a time I swore I’d never even use it, my Pinterest has been a flurry of activity as I bookmark all the recipes I want to make in the coming months.
All this to say that my blogging bug is definitely not gone, and my cooking one is only stronger now that I, well, have the resources to cook. And I hope in the coming months I can share more here from this (newer) kitchen, once I get an artifical light or two and a few great recipes to share.