Well this little blog may yet be the best example of just what a whirlwind the end of 2014 was for me. I popped in to share a new lovely blog I just discovered (Pepper and Salt - linked on the blog roll on the right), but maybe a brief re-cap of the past several months, and then we'll move ahead into the new year!
It seems I left the blog just as I left for a most wonderful, three-week adventure of cooking by the ocean. I was at Sandbridge Beach, VA, feeding three consecutive 'camps' of people studying hammered dulcimer. In short, my good friend Laurie M., herself a mighty fine hammered dulcimer player and attendee at the camp, asked me if I was interested when the chef who had been doing the job had to decline because of a schedule conflict. Stepping away from the studio for three weeks, not to mention three weeks during busy season, is not a light decision. The logical answer would have been 'of course not, but thank you', but three weeks cooking at the beach sounded like too much of a good thing to pass up, and it was the absolute best working vacation. Ever. Besides, it was a lot of fun telling people I was off to cook for the hammered dulcimer camp. You know, as one does... If it weren't for my extremely fabulous studio and Collective-mates, it never would have happened. They are the BEST.
So three weeks of this:
|my morning routine: coffee and a nice walk on the beach at sunrise|
|It never got old, this...|
And of this:
|Sunday night is Crab Night!|
|Baked fish and Grilled chips|
You will find a recipe for this Gluten Free Strawberry Corn Cake on my Crazy Green Studios website food blog:
|Looks and tastes like summer!|
My days: a meditation at the beach with a cup of coffee at sunrise, followed by a nice walk down the beach.
|Only three days of rain in three weeks. Sigh.|
|Ruckus - happy greeter at Cromwells Produce.|
|some of my volunteer helper army|
|new hummus fans across the country and around the world!|
After three weeks, it was a very fond farewell and back to the life of a potter who just loves to cook. I had a lot of curious questions from folks wondering if I was changing careers again. Not at all - I am a very happy full time potter, and a lucky one who gets to spend a lovely three week vacation cooking for a very receptive crowd at the beach. I'm already looking forward to joining my camper friends again later this fall!
|the reward: happy diners tucking into a delicious meal!|