Funny how one week can differ so drastically from another and the days are a constant roller coaster ride filled with barrel rolls, boomerangs and catapults. On the positive days it is often enthralling but on those dark and negative calibrated days this is emotionally draining. On these days all you really want is come home, run a hot bath to drown out the emotional and mental noise and look forward to a comforting meal, maybe even at having a good bitch with the partner!
The past week I have been shooting for my regular clients Köstlich Vegetarisch for their Italian edition and I have had the pleasure of cooking dishes, styling and shooting for a trattoria special feature with some incredibly delicious dishes. The creative director and I make a really efficient and effective team where she trusts my judgement and I have confidence in her ideas. We’ve been working together since the beginning of the year and we’ve become a good team. It’s a lot of fun and the shoots always guarantees a lot of good food to indulge in after the shoots.
On other days, working together with a colleague of mine is at times destructive, time consuming and totally saps the energy out of me. I am used to working very efficiently, conveying my concept and messages clearly and with structure making it easy for all in the team to quickly find their strengths and together we have been creating some high quality work. The bad dynamics of the new colleague is demotivating and has become a hindrance for a few of us causing static and exasperation. But there is something I have realized about myself during these interactions
I am at a point where I feel confident about myself and my strengths, I know where my weaknesses lie but am not afraid of them. I am open to constructive critic when it helps me to improve and actually see this as a benefit. It is probably something that comes with age, something you accumulate with experience as I do not remember being like this at 25 or even at 30. I am also at a point where although most of me is saying “Screw diplomacy!” I am able to step back and view the scene with a certain composure that I do not remember having. Back then, I would blurt out gibberish in my distemper! There most certainly are times when I am fuming when hit below the belt, and there is nothing more I would like to do than to retaliate with my sharp tongue.
Yes dear readers, I am armed with a sharp tongue and paired with my sarcasm I know it can do harm. However, maybe with that confidence comes a hint of arrogance that allows me to stand above it and smile... turn around … and walk away from the bad vibes.
But I am not infallible and this does not leave me cold.
For days like this I am happy to have friends, family and colleagues that offer balsam with their words and catch me when I trip. On days like this I turn to comfort food with soothing and healing powers. And always, my bounce rate is fast.
How better to bounce back: a risotto, cooked slowly, massaged and pampered, then infused with lemon, thyme and fennel to create a sublime mouthfeel.
Is this what it means to “grow up?” At 40 this might be a rather naive question but I am very critical of myself and scrutinize my reactions and my self minutely. Self-reflection has been an adept teacher and over the years I have learnt to listen to it more carefully. It helps when there is a nice steaming bowl of comfort food in your hands that helps to process the thoughts constructively!
Next week the bags will be packed once again, as I take off to the beautiful green shores of Ireland. I am excited to be seeing my 3 dear friends and gorgeous ladies - Ilva, Jamie and Jeanne. That is the big added plus of From Plate to Page!
Are we ready? I say yes we are. Our incredible sponsors have started to send their shipments across the seas. Our awesome participants have sent in their homework, presentations are almost ready, assignments have been discussed, our menu looks too scrumptious to be true, goodie bags are being printed ready to be filled and even the Sage & Stone market where we will be taking out participants for their on-location shoot are welcoming us with a super friendly welcome! How cool is that! So next week make sure you all tune into Twitter (@plate2page or @meetawflh) following the hashtag #p2pIreland, on my Instgram profile or of course on my Facebook page or our Plate to Page page to keep a track of the rocking Plate to Page Workshop weekend. I'll see you when I return.
You might like these comfort food ideas from WFLH:
|Salmon Kedgeree with Butternut Squash, Parsnip, Fennel and Quail Eggs||The Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani||Lemon and Herb Risotto with Balsamic Roasted Asparagus|
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