One of the things that I love about cooking is the way that it brings me back in touch with the world around me. It require to use all of my senses and it forces me to engage my powers of observation. There's nothing like seeing yeast transform a dough. Or seeing the colors bloom as you sear vegetables in a wok. Or breathing in the aroma of a fragrant tea or broth as it slowly permeates the air and perfumes your home. Each day is filled with tiny magical moments, often missed, when we need only pause and take a breath to experience them. It's my goal to find more more magic in my day and share those moments with kindred spirits. It's time to slow down and get engaged, time to set down the stress bucket so I can enjoy each moment as it happens, rather than wonder where they all went. There is a large difference between working efficiently or working frantically and I choose the former. Savoring the process is the best part of what we do.
February 9, 2005