Creating is my favourite way to pass time. And suddenly I, like most people, find myself with a lot of time. However, as I mentioned in my last post, all of our brains are rather full of worry to be focusing on things like writing and other brain-reliant projects. Which is why in times of crisis I like to turn my attention to the kitchen.
Cooking and baking are perfect for me. Most of my working life I’ve worked in catering (usually selling other people’s food—I never made it past sandwich making!) so I feel very comfortable working in a kitchen and now more than ever I appreciate the manual labour. Standing up and using my hands to create something with a near instant result. So different to writing a novel!!
Yesterday I found myself in the flat alone and was so sick of sitting at a computer screen. Thus, I ended up spending literally the entire day cooking and baking. But I don’t want to be like those food blogs that give their entire bloody life story before the cookie recipe I clicked to see. Let’s get to the bakes!!
Anyway, obviously I don’t have a future in food blogging but these last two days of cooking (and cleaning today but I won’t do a blog post about that…) have quietened the voice in my head wanting me to be more productive—whatever the hell that even means! Don’t listen to all the pressure to be the next Shakespeare, or whatever the fuck, but find the thing that makes you feel more grounded. More you. And helps stem the panic of the apocalyptic times we’re living in.
Stay safe and let me know what you’ve been up to in lockdown!!
(If you’re reading this and thinking god damn this woman is talented I wish I could give her loads of money you can! Click the kofi link in my sidebar 😂. Help out a furloughed bookseller! Also check out my Instagram highlights for an almost daily un-photogenic but very tasty #doomsdayrecipe.)