Each month, I step outside Wandering Spice to participate in the Secret Recipe Club, a Secret Santa of recipes, so to speak, where bloggers across the globe are paired up to prepare a dish from another’s blog. It’s been a refreshing way to peer beyond my own happenings and into the world of other food lovers and writers. It was a matter of serendipity that this month I was connected with Shari in New York.
Shari cooks her way through her mother’s treasured recipes and shares anecdotes about family life. After reading only a few of her stories, I fell in love with what sounded like the perfect lunch: prawns braised in a fragrant tomato sauce, softened with earthy oregano and dill and topped with sharp feta. Tastiness aside, it was the significance of the recipe that drew me in and begged me to try it. It was just so timely.
In less than six weeks the Australian Man and I will trek 24 hours to Washington DC to get married, reunite with family we haven’t seen in two years, and relax after what will have been a wonderful but incredibly busy year.
Amidst the many projects we are juggling, I am calmed and reassured that regardless of the seemingly endless daily task lists, long days, and early mornings, that time spent in the company of my family is just around the corner. Judy and I may not know each other, but after reading about her experience – her vulnerability but excitement, her love for family, her connection to loved ones through the kitchen – I believe we would understand each other.