Monday, January 9, 2012

Vacation and Writers Block

It's a good thing that my writers block and vacation were in sync.  It could be that my brain was on vacation with the rest of me relaxing at sea level.  I never thought that writers block would occur on writing about recipes that I cooked, but my last blog about Sweet Potato Latkes took me three weeks to write. Which makes my blog about a dish for Hanukkah a bit untimely. 

Another possibility for my writers block was that I was not the one doing most the cooking.  My family and I vacationed at my parents house, and my dad was the one who did most the cooking.  It will always be interesting to me how I grew up in my parents house and never adopted their cooking style. It might be that my dad did not do the cooking when I was growing up or it could be that I was not really interested in cooking (as I said before, I burned mac n' cheese when boiling the water). The most "cooking" that I did was boiling water for Top Ramen.

It is probably a good thing that I did not pick up my dad's cooking style, sorry dad. Although extremely delicious, everything is cooked in olive oil. It was great for the celebration of Hanukkah, but not so great for my waist line. To be fair I also ate a lot of chocolate, but everything soaked in oil for every meal he cooked did not help my cause.

The best part of taking a break from cooking, was getting to taste all the delicious meals that my family members made.  My dad's fried tilapia with just a little flour, lemon and capers was amazing, I think my son 2 1/2 year old had three helpings and so did I.  My sister-in-law, who just turned 16, made tilapia in a bed of delicious rice and a side of sweet potato fritters (just about the same thing as latkes).  My mother-in-law is also an amazing cook, she comes up with the most delicious dishes always, this trip it was teriyaki chicken and curry chicken mini pastries.

One of the best parts of cooking, is that anyone can do it. You do not need a degree or any other special credentials to be able to cook or bake.  I enjoy cooking my own foods, but I love taking breaks to enjoy foods from people I love.

Now it is time to start my food journey again. 

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