Everything can get better. Over the weekend we were lucky enough to work hands on with Karyn Millet as she photographed Keyah Grande. She is passionate about her work and it is truly contagious. She wants to share the world photograph by photograph. She also is willing to try anything to get a better picture. And guess what, she is still learning and cares less about hiding the fact that she does not know everything. That is huge. What Karyn showed me is that learning and sharing are intertwined.
Furthermore, her approach kicked me in the mental ass. We prepared a dish over the weekend, Pea and Chocolate Soup with oysters, cashew-cocoa and smoked paprika. The dish is tasty. The soup is made with chocolate water and frozen peas. The oysters are poached in miso tea. The cashews and cocoa nibs are candied with agave and brown sugar and dusted with smoked paprika. We served the dish and it was tasty. Different and familiar. I was happy. Yet, as Aki and I examined the dish Aki noted that clams would be a better fit than the oysters. The oysters worked well, though poached and sliced razor clams would be incredible. Along those lines, a baked stuffed razor clam topped with the cashew-cocoa crumble would bring a great dish into a special dish. We learned something. That is important. What is more important is enjoying the process as well.