After my return from Dubai I was thinking of taking a few days out before jumping into the familiar high powered routine I usually have. We arrived just in time for a bank holiday in the middle of the week and there was nothing standing in the way of a few extra days of tranquility and lounging around the house recuperating from the intense eight days in Dubai. I was not tired nor did I feel drained, on the contrary I was full of energy and motivated, raring to shift into sixth gear and zoom ahead.
I realize however, that I need to force myself into a few days of rest to renew and restore the super battery pack I seem to have been born with. Furthermore, after trips like this one, where I come back with so many impressions, I often need time to process them and take them in, writing notes to make sure I do not forget the details.
Upon arrival Tom surprised us at the station. Originally he was due to arrive from Stockholm, where he works during the week, the following day, but seeing him standing on the platform lifted my spirits. Tom often plays the part of an anchor in my life. There are times when this irritates the hell out of me, as when I am on a roll the anchor feels heavy and burdens me. Truth is, in the back of my head I know, I need him to remind me to “take a nap”, “take a bath” or to “just look out of the window.” I need him to slow my bulldozing ahead and to take time to rest the brain and body to be “more constructive and creative” as he says.
Over the years I have taught myself to create islands of serenity for myself throughout the day, however there are times when you need more than an island. You need a continent where you reside in your pajamas, do nothing but read the weekend paper from page to page, take naps and eat waffles all day long. Away from the notebook, from the social networking, post-processing, proposal writing, workshop planning, sponsor searching, HTML tormenting, blog caring days that keeps me happily moving ahead. I love every aspect of what I do and I believe that is where the danger lies … it is hard to know where and when to draw the line. It’s all fun, isn’t it?
And when you are having fun why would you want to stop it, right? That’s where my wise husband will say “too much of a good thing also spoils the fun!” That simple!
A few days later, as we sat together with our calendars, coordinating our schedules and travel plans for next year, he murmured,
“I guess the rule applies here too!”
I looked questioningly at him. He shrugged indicating to the handful of weekends we had together in the first quarter of the new year. “Too much of a good thing spoils the fun!” he said pointing to both of us and we laughed. From Stockholm to Weimar to London, Dubai, Switzerland, Dublin and back to Weimar we’ll be covering several kilometers again and our time is so limited. It’s good, it’s bad, we have the ups and the downs and we make the best of it - on our comfort continent, in pajamas and some sweet treat like this sensational tart.
Ilva, Jeanne, Jamie and I are now well underway with the organization and planning of our next From Plate to Page workshop. Dublin, Ireland in May 2013 is the place to be next year as we take our hands-on and power packed workshop series to the wonderful green country. If you have not already, register your interest here. We are enhancing the program, bringing on new fantastic features to continue our very popular guest writer series and we have ironed out the last bugs on our sparkly new website. As the email correspondence between the four of us pick up momentum we are excited to share all the good news as many things are taking shape. Our new website allows us to be more interactive with our readers, participants and alumni, which was an important reason for us to change the style of the site. We are kicking this off with a pretty sensational challenge for all of our readers. We want you to be creative and be inspired! We are topping it all off with a fabulous prize worth about 200 Euros! Do not miss this sensational challenge.
Somewhere between frangipane and a pudding the filling is luscious and nutty, while the juicy zwetschgen bring fruity flavor to the tart. I love this shortcrust pastry recipe as it is flakey, crumbly and not too sweet. The recipe will work for sweet and savory tarts perfectly.
With this sweet treat I wish all my Indian friends and readers a very Happy Diwali! My warmest wishes to everyone - hope you lit up the sky with sparkles and crackers!
Finally, the latest edition of the Monthly Mingle is over at The Well-Seasoned Chef. Excited to have Susan hosting this with a fantastic theme - Pot Pies - cosy and comforting (it also complements the Plate to Page challenge - just saying!). You’ll find all the details on the announcement page. See you there!
More fruity tarts from WFLH:
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