Creativity is a funny thing. It seems, so often, to have a mind of its own, like a wild creature you can’t pin down and even if you bait it with inspiration and woo it with promises of productivity it can scuttle away just as you think it is within your reach. When I was in art school I had a frustratingly brilliant professor who told us, quite bluntly, that none of us were creative and that the very concept of creativity is nothing more than a construction of ego: we hold onto the idea of being creative because it makes us feel special, unique, to know that we have created something. What he was trying to do was make us understand that our own creativity does in fact exist, it just doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We don’t create anything without the influence of things that have come before us. Even the most innovative ideas are based on something else, or at the very least they are based on things they are not. I find recipe development very much a creative process, but that means accepting that there is a whole international history of food that has come before my idea, and in most cases, what I am making has been done before. How could that not be so? For almost long as there have been people, there has been cooking. There is nothing earth shattering and unique about this Asparagus Tart but it is simple, spring-flavoured and special. Continue Reading →
Hello again, or welcome, for the first time. You have stopped in on Feasts for All Seasons on a very happy day – we’re 4 today! That means many thank yous, sprinkles, a moment or two of nostalgia and of course, cake. Continue Reading →
Welcome back! Since January is nearly through, so we don’t need to get into New Years resolutions, full re-caps of the holidays or any of that. However, I will say that my fairly extended time away from the blog has been good – full of family and happiness, new projects, dreams and goals and a nice break from the (self-imposed) pressures of showing up here with something valuable to say at least once a week. Eeek!
Well, it’s that time of year again. The Holidays are upon us and that means the that food bloggers from all over are dutifully making donations, and baking and shipping secret packages of cookies to one another. This is my second year participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and it was just as fun this year as last. Again, a big thank you to the folks at Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen for coordinating such an awesome swap and keeping all the moving parts in motion. What a feat!
Time for a confession – and I hope this doesn’t make you scroll past this recipe, because it’s good, I promise – it used to be that every time I would hear the word “tapenade” or I see it at a deli I’d sort of scrunch up my nose and think judgmental thoughts about the general lameness of tapenade. I mean, really. It’s mashed up olives. This is a simple, plain truth. What also is simple and plain and true is that a very good tapenade can be easily made, and surprise … it’s still just smashed up olives. Continue Reading →