Clearing my Head

(Originally written Thursday, June 12th, posted a few days late)

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Yesterday was my first day of my official summer break! And in light of all the work I still have to do, I decided the best thing to do was to spend a few hours in the kitchen, you know, making myself breakfast from scratch. As one does.

Here's what I made:

Plum jam with orange zest

Egg salad (pretty standard, pickles and stuff; I'm sort of an egg fiend)

Homemade biscuits

Eggplant tahini spread (not pictured--saving that for later!)

Oh, and coffee. Lots of coffee.

This is how I operate. If I plan to spend hours working on a project, preparing for a trip, researching, or lesson-planning, I tend to cook at the same time. This works out well because, I mean, I have to eat at some point, so it's great to have a weird hobby that literally feeds me. But it's a natural place for my brain to settle into when I'm not sure where to start, when I can feel myself procrastinating, and when I begin to space out a bit. It re-calibrates me, if that makes sense. In her book My Berlin Kitchen, Luisa Weiss describes this feeling several times. She talks about cooking being an "anchor," something that reminds her of who she is, and something that gives her control. I relate to this wholeheartedly. 

Cheers and HOORAY for breaktime!