HERE’S ME, IN A NUTSHELL
First, I was married. Then I wasn’t. Then I had a boyfriend, and he dumped me. Hard. It was the climax of several years of painful entangling, disentangling, unintentionally lying to myself and finding truths. And when I fell over the edge, it became clear that—as it turns out—I have a certain way of landing on my feet.
At that point, my feet landed in Ireland. In the warm nest of a friend who nurtured me, taught me and helped me heal. It was a spiritual journey, really.
While I was with her I had the opportunity to sift through all my baggage and cull out my passions, both old ones and new. And I came back to food. Yes, I enjoy making it and eating it, but more than that, I am fascinated with the way it brings people together. The way it influences and is influenced by culture. The way eating marries a person’s most basic needs with pleasure.
In my pursuit of food anthropology experiences I visited Secastilla, Spain for a month to learn about making wine and local culinary traditions. That was in March of 2015. And while I was visiting, I fell in love with this part of the world. Then I fell in love with a man.
Now I’m back in Spain, and every day I’m learning something new. I am peeking in every pantry. Watching old Spanish women in the kitchen. Observing the norms in bars and restaurants. I am making wine. Growing onions and lettuces and herbs. Harvesting grapes and pears. Beating almonds from their trees. I am sitting at the dinner table with local families. Eating traditional dishes and learning how to make them. Adjusting to the cultural expectations around mealtimes. I am meeting all kinds of characters. Reveling in the local flavors, colors and passionate way of life.
I invite you to join me here to share in all of my adventures. And if you are interested in having me write for your newspaper, magazine or online publication, please be in touch via the email address below. I can expand upon anything covered here and/or approach any topic from a different angle. I’ve got lots of stories to tell and am confident writing in a variety of styles.
Que aproveche, friends, and many thanks for stopping by!