EGG-CELLENT! Lora in the Kitchen (+ Giveaway)
Disclaimer: I received complimentary eggs from the Happy Egg Co. As always, all opinions are my own.
Sometimes we get so busy, so bogged down that we lose track of who we really are and what we really love.
As I mentioned earlier this month, I am finally back into the kitchen and cooking away.
I’ve loved baking and cooking since I was a child.
And I stopped for absolutely no reason other than that I was exhausted. Drained. Not feeling like it.
I wasn’t feeling like it because I wasn’t feeling like me.
And now that I’ve stepped back into the kitchen, I feel 110% more Lora.
When I was in College I was home for Christmas vacation when I got the news that my Grandfather had passed away. So I did what I knew how to do to handle the situation. I went into the kitchen and made a chocolate cake. It was probably the worst cake I have ever baked. Because all the sorrow, all the tears, everything going on with me on the inside–I was able to get out by baking that cake. (And boy could you taste it as a result! It probably also didn’t help that my sadness probably impeded my ability to accurately read measurements, paired with shaky hands the precise art of cake baking was likely to be doomed…such precision is necessary!) But it didn’t matter that the cake sucked. What mattered was that I was doing something I loved, feeling what was going on in my body, and letting it out.
Have you ever noticed the difference with a meal baked with love? Cooking, baking, eating, plating–all these activities express our emotions and what’s going on within. And true culinary prowess only comes when we are present and mindful–just like in meditation and time spent on the mat.
When I stopped being PRESENT in my life I stopped cooking beyond truly simple things. Because I knew that cooking for me was a sacred act. And it was easier to detach. To pretend. To avoid. Than to feel what all was going on. (Because feelings = scary. Right?)
But I am back.
I can’t say that my kitchen is always tear-free. It *is* a place where I process things. And that’s valuable to know. It’s also a place of laughter. Of joy. Of excitement. Humor. Power. ALL THE FEELS!
And the best part is when you get to enjoy it–even if you’re just cooking for one. (But cooking for friends is even better.) But cooking for one–you STILL deserve the same tasty delights and deliciousness as you would with a crowd. You are valuable! Your taste-buds and your happiness matters! And that is also important to remember–especially when cooking does take time, patience, and effort. But don’t ALL the good things in life take time?
They are one of the LONGEST things to make. When I do them fully from scratch it takes me THREE DAYS to bake them. That’s countless hours kneading, lots of flour, lots of butter, and lots of patience.
But BOY are the delicious when they are finally ready to be eaten for breakfast.
There’s nothing like it!
And of course they are even more amazing the next day, when toasted slightly and served with egg and cheese. NOM NOM NOM.
But even a regular breakfast for one can be jazzed up and savored. Take my breakfast this morning:
I scrambled Happy Co Eggs with a bit of organic milk (plus salt/fresh ground pepper to taste) and cooked them sloooowly over low heat. I simultaneously sautéed some peppers and onions. Once the egg was JUUUUUUST beginning to cook I added the peppers, shredded quality cheddar cheese, and some sliced avocado. (Because everything is better with avocado.) Once the eggs were perfectly scrambled (which takes quite a while on low heat–the trick is not to move them around too much, I learned that from MFK Fisher) I plated them and added one of my favorite herbs–cilantro–for both visual garnish (because ALL THE COLORS!) and because it tastes super good.
See? Even breakfast can be exciting when cooking for one.
Next up? I’m baking more. Cookies, breads, casseroles. Not to mention some delicious meat dishes, risottos, and more.
And I want to help you get excited to be in the kitchen. Thanks to the Happy Egg Co, one of you can win this Happy Egg Co prize pack. Not only is it adorable, but it has a fabulous spatula (necessary for good eats), and coupons for their amazing eggs.
Happy Egg Co eggs are delicious. The yolk is vibrant in color thanks to the hens ability to roam outdoors. (These are humane eggs, y’all and the chickens are free of antibiotics and growth hormones!) If they don’t inspire you to either a) start cooking or b) continue cooking with greater joy, I don’t know what will!
Enter below to win this prize. Thank you Happy Egg Co!!
Have you ever had a passion that you’ve avoided? Did you get back and embrace it? Let me know!