The Magic of Not Having Any Plans

I finally have it: a perfectly wide open afternoon to spend in the kitchen, not to cook with the purpose of preparing a meal, but to cook—just because.

I don’t get many afternoons like this one, and I want to take advantage of the time. I have nothing I need to get done immediately, no places to rush off to, no emails that need answering (right this second, anyway).

I haven’t blogged in a long time. I don’t know if it’s because I lost my taste for it, or I got too busy, or my mind just wasn’t in the right place. 2014 was the kind of year that made me forget what it felt like to slow down, to stand over a pot, gently stirring and wafting all the aromas, and just enjoy the no-rush aspect of cooking on a Sunday afternoon. This is not to say I had a bad year—it was ultimately very good—but marked by a lot of changes, some not-so-good, some great, and all exhausting. I made a laundry list of goals for 2015 (my usual practice every December), then proceeded to strike a line through all of them and instead focus on one goal:

Learn how to slow down and just BE.

If you know me, this is much easier said than done. But I am going to try. I am going to march into the kitchen, figure out something to make, and leave my iPhone alone until it is time to snap a picture of whatever lovely dish results from this afternoon’s experiments.

Thus my extended hiatus from blogging ends today. See you soon.

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