|example of a "bad" picture|
2. Make more gorgeous food (so I can take pictures of it, of course! And, you know, eat it). I am often sooo inspired by pictures in Food and Wine and other foodie magazines. I yearn to make these recipes and never get around to it. No more of this either. I have to eat something, why not make it something delicious and beautiful?
|a beautiful picture of a delicious-looking zucchini galette made by my friend, Sarah|
aka what I wish my food photos looked like
4. Dress the part. Even as I write this, I'm wearing pajamas. Granted, I love my red and black buffalo check shorts, but I feel markedly happier and more confident when I get dressed. Throwing on any old tee and shorts doesn't count. I mean compiling an outfit, a cohesive look. If I can't style myself, how am I going to style pictures?
5. Convert my antique store/estate sale finds into something fabulous. Sometimes I get paralyzed by the possibilities. Or maybe I feel like if I screw up turning one burlap sack into a pillow, I'll never find another one with which to try again. There will be more burlap sacks. And, hey, even if there weren't, even if this were the very last one ever, what good is it doing me tucked away in a corner of my bedroom?
| a sugar sack that I have yet to transform|
also a perfect example of a bad picture
p.s. yes, I realize this sack is not made of burlap
First step towards reclaiming my life? Dan and I made cheese! If you know me at all, you know that I am a cheese-aholic. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it just might have to be cheese. I have been wanting to make cheese for a long time now and I was inspired by reading Barbara Kingsolver's chapter in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle about cheesemaking with Ricki Carroll of the New England Cheese Making Supply Company. When Dan and I stopped by the home brewing store (he brews with his friend Chris), I was so excited to see this kit:
|Our cheese-making kit|
We used both the ricotta and mozzarella on grilled pizzas. For crust we actually used whole wheat naan from Whole Foods and a whole wheat pre-made crust from Trader Joe's. I wanted to make the crust from scratch, but making the cheese from scratch was enough for me at this point. One thing at a time, people. We topped the pizzas with varying combinations of pepperoni, a natural spicy italian sausage, homemade pesto, zucchini (I was inpsired by Sarah's galette, pictured above), new potatoes, and red onion (all locally grown).
I feel like I'm back on track to making my life what I want it to be. I, honestly, feel happier already - like I have taken control. Cheese-making turned out to be just what the doctor ordered (minus that whole cholesterol thing). Now, I just have to keep at it! Dan and I are hoping to develop our cheese-making skills to the point where we can make hard cheeses someday. And of course my other goal is to take good pictures of it, too.