Recently I cooked my very first mac and cheese, with crab and corn. It turned out just awesome, I was filled with pride, AND cockiness. It lead me to be flippant. You see, I thought I would take up Instagram. I had heard many folks like to take pictures of what they eat, what could be more artistic? Certainly it is a fascinating cultural phenomena.
So when I announced, at the end of the last post, that you should stay tuned for “Eat Your Heart Out Instagram!” I had fully intended to have several Instagram worthy pictures, photo-shopped and glorious, to tantalize your taste buds. After all, I had just conquered mac and cheese, how hard could it be?
I figured maybe I should start by being as honest as possible. So I readily admit that cooking gets in the way, especially of dye pots and paint buckets, and vice versa. By the end of the day, quel horreurs! (I shall call the photo on the right “Dishes By Sunset” and it will be my masterpiece).
Well it Instagram-ing turned out to be more difficult than I had planned. First off, I repeatedly forgot to take the photos until after I had eaten! The bowl on the left, below, had contained the following:
1/2 cup blue berries
1 Tblspn. ground flax seeds
Small handful of pecans
2 Tblspn. plain, 2% Greek yogurt
You use it for breakfast. Eat it quickly. It is best served cold.
And… in the end the best meal I have eaten in the last two weeks consisted of nothing more than cherries and watermelon, plus two young friends, ages eight and ten. Of this fabled meal, I have no pictures to prove it ever took place. I can only tell you that two of the three of us have ever swallowed a bug. The two of us in-the-know spent our time preparing the youngest of our impromptu bruncheon for the inevitable and wretched experience it will be, complete with gacking noises.
What did I get out of all of this? Well, I didn’t know which direction I was going when I got into this! I like eating, I enjoy photography, and I took some good photographs. Did the food influence me artistically? You bet. Focusing on my food was kinda fun, especially when getting close up. The colors in what I eat are so vibrant, so alive. They find their way into a lot of what I make.
Best of all though was just getting to sit and laugh and eat and talk, without Instgram.
None of this has humbled me, which I was afraid it might. I have to confess to being intimidated by this particular episode for my blog. But I feel better now becase today whilst doing dishes, and dancing to flamenco, I started tooting around on an empty cola bottle and was struck with an idea so perfect it made me giggle.
So here goes nothing: Tune in next time for- I Had to Drink A Lot to Get This Craftsy