Today is the first day of the new year; it’s also my birthday and so I like to think of it as a “renaissance” in the literal sense of the word–a rebirth of sorts! As far as Cuisinicity renaissance goes, it’s hard to claim that there is anything new I could possibly say about loving food that loves you back that I haven’t already said, but I do feel that it’s a time for me to renew my commitment to all of you to stay inspired so that I can continue to inspire you in turn! For me, that means being the student, rather than the teacher, and learning from the world’s great cuisines.
Without even realizing it, one way that I think I have accomplished that over the years is to look elsewhere to different ethnic cuisines and take on their best dishes and desserts and music and decor and transport ourselves to a different country right in our own dining room!
And so it has been, every single Christmas eve, for the last 15 years, a tradition that I have instilled in my family and that they have come to expect and relish. With each culture, I find that I learned a new technique or discovered a new spice or a new ingredient or combination of flavors that I would never have thought to use and unknowingly, I have incorporated it in my own repertoire, and consequently for all of you.
Cuisinicity Renaissance from the World to Your Kitchen
Following that wonderful tradition, we have done Thai, Indian, Greek, Jamaican, Spanish, Lebanese, Portuguese, Moroccan, Brazilian, Italian, Persian, French (twice) and Turkish (twice). This is the one time out of the year that I do not share any of the actual recipes that I make. For one thing, although I always try to make them healthier Cuisinicity-style, these recipes do not belong to me, as they really are not my own creation and for another, it’s a relief not to have to write them down and explain them in teaspoons and ounces! This leaves me free to just add this and that and feel this consistency and that, and perfect this flavor or that in all abandon!
The good news for you, my loyal beloved followers, is that this Cuisinicity renaissance aspect of cooking for me is what you will find in my new recipes this year. I hope they will continue to inspire you in your own kitchen, in the heart of your home!
And so it is that I leave you with some of our delights from Turkey (but no Turkish delights!), the theme for this year’s Christmas eve, a feast filled with wholesome ingredients, filled with flavor and even more importantly, filled with love!
…and so it is that I stay inspired, I keep on dancing and cooking in my kitchen, and…. will continue to bring you more fun cuisinicity recipes this new year!
May 2017 bring you lots of joy and keep you healthy and thriving!
with all my love,