Holidays are here--the joy of traditions and celebrations, glitter and sparkle, new year resolutions, promises, new beginnings, excitement…oh my! 2011 is just two steps away and it is amazing to see the whole world unified in a multitude of festivities, spirits of goodwill and optimism. That’s the magic of joy and hope. Now is a good time for a fresh start and live a life you love.
And here I am jump-starting my new year’s resolution by taking a baby step towards my modest aspiration. One down, more to go. It might take me a couple of, or perhaps a lot of steps to get into the groove. Regardless, here I am with my first blog and my first post. Whoop.
As you can imagine, I am very excited to launch this blog. Frankly speaking, I’m a mixture of nerves and adrenaline. Oh yeah. I had to face my doubts and battle my fears before moving forward -duh! Nonetheless, I am simply excited to be one step closer to taking action. Until a year ago, I was busy with the challenges of a full time job, kids, school and so much more going on. Unemployed, life has been much quieter. My days have been pretty tranquil and I was sighing at all the missed opportunities. With the gift of time, now more than ever, I wanted to wake up each morning feeling refreshed and inspired. Live a life I’d love getting up for each day. But I didn’t know what to do or just how to do it. And then it hit me like an inspirational oomph--food photography and styling. My newfound passion—yes! Suddenly activities like cooking and cleaning that seemed mundane a while back feels like happiness. I am having a phenomenal time with the joys of cooking, styling food and photographing. Planning the menu, plating the food, playing with crockery, lighting and colors, choosing textiles…..oh man, I’m in love! Head over heels in love!! It’s like a full time obsession. I’m thinking, dreaming and living food. Sounds weird, huh? I know, I know. It’s sort of hard to explain but hey, it’s cool. Don’t know when it’s all going to fizzle out but I hope my passion for styling and photography will be the catalyst for keeping me going for a real long time.
I’m not a seasoned chef. Neither am I a blushing beginner. Growing up in a joint family, I have always watched and savored the dishes prepared by my family--grandmother, mother, aunties. So when I started cooking it was not that complicated, and invariably my experiments were a hit with the family, which was motivation enough to keep going :) Anyways, I can assure you that I have cooked all the recipes on my web page for my family and friends and they’ve been impressed. Of course, what can go wrong with food prepared with passion and served with a smile? Hey you know what I mean, don’t ya?
I hope my pages will spark your culinary skills and stimulate your appetite. I wish to be your great company, albeit virtually. And I want to know--what do you want to know? Yes, I’d love to hear from you--suggestions, feedback, just a note to say hi…whatever. Please do not hesitate to share your experiences. Once again, I am happy to connect with you. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Happy cooking and bon appetite! Happy New Year too!