Before introducing myself, let me share a quote from Elisabeth Gilbert’s latest book, Big Magic:
“I firmly believe that we all need to find something to do in our lives that stops us from eating the couch. Whether we make a profession out of it or not, we all need an activity that is beyond the mundane and that takes us out of our established and limiting roles in society (mother, employee, neighbor, brother, boss, etc.). We all need something that helps us to forget ourselves for a while – to momentarily forget our age, our gender, our socioeconomic background, our duties, our failures and all that we have lost and screwed up. We need something that takes us so far out of ourselves that we forget to eat, forget to pee, forget to mow the lawn, forget to resent our enemies, forget to brood over our insecurities. Prayer can do that for us, community service can do it, sex can do it, exercise can do it, and substance abuse can most certainly do it (albeit with god-awful consequences) – but creative living can do it, too. Perhaps creativity’s greatest mercy is this: By completely absorbing our attention for a short and magical spell, it can relieve us temporarily from the dreadful burden of being who we are. Best of all, at the end of your creative adventure, you have a souvenir – something that you made, something to remind you forever of your brief but transformational encounter with inspiration.”
So why this long quote on creativity here on a food blog? Well, the sequence of coming up with a post idea, the cooking ‘n the baking, the photography, the drafting and the editing is the creative activity that makes me forget ‘to brood over my insecurities’. Yes, my photos are light years away from being pro, my writing is amateur and looking at any of the posts I’ve published so far makes me cringe. But I’ve found a drawer in the corner of my kitchen where I lock my fears while I hit that publish button simply because the process of creating these pages fills me with joy. Playing with photography fills me with joy. And, mostly, cooking fills me with joy.
And with these words of introduction, I welcome you to Papricannelle – the blog of an amateur cook and professional dishwasher. I am Zsuzsa [ӡu:ӡa] but everyone calls me Zsuzsi [ӡu:ӡi] or simply Zsu [ӡu:]. I’m Hungarian I cook in France Cape Town. Having spent over a decade in France, I moved with my family to South Africa recently. It has been a most remarkable experience for us and since then this blog has transformed itself into a food & travel blog because I’d like to share the beauty of this colorful country with you as much as my recipes.
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