I had never really thought about a word of the year before until I came across Deb of Deb’s World’s posts from 2021 about her year of being bold. It seemed such a lovely, positive thing to do, so this year I decided to have a word too. As long as you promise not to laugh, I picked mine from an Instagram post where you picked four random words you could spot in jumble of letters. My words were creation, power, health and strength, all of which I liked and which linked well too (eg increase my physical strength links to health). Creation was the one that came top though, so how have I done so far?
Creation means to bring something into existence. This could be a blog post, a meal, a drawing a beautiful place to live….all sorts of things. Well, I have created a lot of blog posts at least this month! I have also done a fair bit of creating in the kitchen, from using summer fruits to make clafoutis to turning to both familiar and new sources of inspiration. Below you can see the creative process of turning leeks, paprika and other seasonings into a stuffing with feta for chicken breasts from Katerina Nitsou’s new book Macedonia (I found the recipe on line here if you want to try it)
Pulling together ingredients from the fridge, the pantry, along with herbs from the garden is something that brings me joy. I am not a great cook, I am a cook who loves to be in the kitchen, trying new things or going back to old favourites, creating good things to share with others. Below there is a smoked salmon and courgettes quiche based on Sophie Hansen’s recipe in A basket at my door, pickled radishes made from the bunch in the featured image, and a scallopini based dish from Peter Gordon’s Savour (not all made in January though…I need to remember to document my creations better…).
So…I now need to plan what creations will be made in February. I’ll let you know next month!
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