rainbow chard

Pan-DAMN-ic; Looking for the brighter side

The pandemic as a teacher? Sure. A crisis is an opportunity for change? Yes.

I’ve always considered myself a realist, tending to see the glass half empty than full. Some would call that a pessimistic personality, but I’m not entirely convinced of that. I’ve cursed this damned pandemic multiple times and hated the reality and the tragedy of the situation. I’ve lost myself in long-term cooking projects, tackling recipes that I’ve literally put on the back burner to wait for that rainy day, which never seems to come. I’ve meditated on food and the process of preparing it while continuing to look for the tiny pinpoint of light at the end of this long, seemingly endless tunnel.

And so, rather than throw my hands up and slide down the slippery slope to depression, which would be extremely easy for me to do, I’ve decided to try to find a sliver of silver lining in this mess, asking myself what I’m grateful for and what I’ve learned from this.

Humor me for a moment as I reiterate some things that have happened because of quarantining that have improved my quality of life.

  • Having my daughter back home.
  • Getting to know my step kids much better.
  • Painting the ceiling of my front porch sky blue.
  • Learning to just roll with it.
  • Writing my blog more frequently.

As always, perhaps more magnified than ever before is the intense beauty that I continue to see in the extraordinary and complicated wonders of food. For me, this vividly confirms my theory that if nature is still in business, we are too.

rainbow chard
rainbow chard
lettuce
lettuce
oranges
oranges
cabbage
cabbage
sweet potatoes
sweet potatoes
radishes and carrots
radishes and carrots
celeriac root
celeriac root
dragonfruit
dragonfruit
honeydew melon
honeydew melon
egg
egg

–Chef Diana

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